Butte County/North Complex West Zone/Bear Fire Update

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Media coverage of North Complex West Zone fire impact on Camp Okizu:

ABC7 News
CNN Newsroom interview with Dr. Mike Amylon
News Break
Oroville Mercury Register
Sacramento Bee
San Francisco Chronicle

Updates from Okizu

9/15 @ 12:00 PM

Update from Suzie Randall, Interim Executive Director:

To all of you who have reached out to us, posted on social media, sent donations, and held us in your hearts, thank you so much. In the past week we have received hundreds of heartwarming messages of support, generous offers to share your skills and services, and greatly needed donations. The Okizu family is the embodiment of resiliency and hope.

While we are heartbroken by the devastation caused by the Bear Fire, we are also encouraged and inspired by the strength, love, and kindness of our Okizu community. We have been humbled by the generous outpouring of support and the readiness to help with whatever is next.

To update you, we still have not been able to get up to see Camp Okizu in person. The Bear Fire is still burning in Butte County and it may be several weeks before we can get on site to begin the process of assessing where we are and outline next steps.

Our hearts are with our Berry Creek neighbors who have suffered tremendous loss and we have endless gratitude for the firefighters and first responders who support and protect our community. Please continue to hold them all in your thoughts.

For those of you who have so generously asked how you can help right now, here are a few things you can do today to make an immediate impact:

– Make a donation at www.okizu.org/match 
– Join us in fundraising at www.okizu.org/100for100  
– Share your stories about Okizu and spread the news
– Support and care for each other during this difficult time
– Check our website for news stories and updates and look out for announcements

So many of you have offered to help in the future and we hope to have lots of opportunities for you. A few things you can look for shortly include:

– A way to collect your information so that when the time comes, we can contact you
– Call to action for video, photo, and written testimonial submissions
– Design submissions for Okizu Strong gear

I would like to leave you with a quote from one of our campers:

“Aila’s diagnosis and treatment changed and shaped our lives forever, and Okizu was where we began and still intend to continue our healing as a family. Like others have said, #OkizuStrong. We are here for the longest haul. Put us to work.” 

9/9 @ 9:00 PM

Update from Suzie Randall, Interim Executive Director:

I know that many of you may have been following the Bear Fire in Butte County over the last few days. We are heartbroken to let you know that we were notified today that there has been significant fire damage to our beloved Camp Okizu at Berry Creek.

We don’t yet know the full extent of the damage, and once we can get up to camp we will know more. Our hearts are with all of our neighbors and everyone who has been impacted, and we are very grateful for the tireless work being done by the firefighters and first responders. We will be continuing with our virtual fall Family Camps as planned, and we are thankful to be able to bring our families together virtually, even in the face of this challenge.

Camp Okizu endures because of our extended family of campers, volunteers, and supporters. Our community is strong and resilient, and you inspire us to be, too. Regardless of the loss at Berry Creek, with your help Okizu will continue to support our community tomorrow and in the years ahead as we have for almost 40 years.

As we learn more, we will continue to keep you updated, to connect with you and to support you. In the meantime, please keep our Berry Creek neighbors, firefighters, and first responders in your thoughts and prayers.

9/9 @ 4:45 PM

Hi friends, we know everyone is still very worried about the safety of our beloved Camp Okizu as we all follow the Bear Fire in the news and on social media. At this time we are still waiting for official updates on the status of Camp Okizu. We will continue to post to social media/website as soon as information becomes available to us, and our goal is to update you twice daily. We appreciate and share your concern and love for our home away from home. 

9/9 @ 10:00 AM

Thank you all for your patience and messages of care and concern for Camp Okizu. The Bear Fire is burning in Butte County and Berry Creek is currently under evacuation. There is some fire damage in the area and we are monitoring things closely with the help of CalFire and the local Sheriff Department. We know everyone is worried, and there is still very little information available to us — please trust that we will update you as soon as we are able to do so. We are keeping our Berry Creek neighbors, firefighters, and first responders in our thoughts, and appreciate all of your support.