Lilac Fire victim
A victim of the Lilac Fire being transported to an awaiting helicopter. Photo: OnSceneTV

People who want to provide assistance to residents displaced by the Lilac Fire in northern San Diego County can best do so by making a financial donation, the San Diego chapter of the American Red Cross announced Friday.

Members of the public have been asking about how to drop off items at shelters, but Red Cross officials said that would be a distraction since they’re still working on getting the different locations staffed and maintained.

Financial contributions can be made online at, by phone at (800) 733-2777, or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.

Emily Cox of the Red Cross said if any particular items are needed, they’ll provide an update, “but right now financial donations are the best and fastest way to help.”

The Red Cross is currently operating shelters at:

— Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos;

— East Valley Community Center, 2245 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido;

— Oceanside High School, One Pirates Cove Way, Oceanside; and

— Bostonia Park and Recreation Center, 1049 Bostonia St., El Cajon.

The Oceanside location is at capacity, according to Cox.

Pets are allowed at all four facilities. The El Cajon shelter opened after high Santa Ana winds caused power outages in the East County.

Carlsbad is operating a shelter at Stagecoach Community Park, 3420 Camino De Los Coches. That location also is at capacity, Cox said.

—City News Service

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