Credit unions, and their employees, are among those affected by the fires raging throughout the state of California.
So far more than 2,000 structures have been destroyed, at least 15 people have died, and there are reports of 150 missing in Northern California fires that continue to ravage multiple counties, including Napa, Sonoma, and Yuba Counties, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues reported.
The roughly 16 fires raging in the area have burned more than 100,000 acres, including damaging or destroying several wineries. Meanwhile the Canyon 2 Fire in Anaheim Hills has scorched around 7,500 acres, destroyed 24 structures, and injured one person. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Nevada, and Orange counties.
One branch of First Tech FCU was damaged, and the headquarters of Redwood CU in Santa Rosa is close to the nearby fires. Some credit unions have closed branches mostly due to either street closures or poor air quality, including SchoolsFirst FCU’s Anaheim Hills branch, the Napa branches of Golden 1 CU and Travis CU, Community First CU’s Santa Rosa branch, as well as three branches of Patelco CU. The Paradise branch of Sierra Central CU is closed on evacuation orders.
In addition, some credit union staff have been personally affected, including Todd Sheffield, CEO of Community First, Ukiah. He has been evacuated from his home, which has not been damaged at this point. One staff member from Sonoma County FCU, Santa Rosa, lost her home.
“While we could see the flames from our windows on two different hill sides yesterday, the corporate building in Anaheim Hills is currently out of the path of the fire,” said Michelle Hunter, senior vice president of marketing and development, Credit Union of Southern California, Anaheim.
She added that most of the credit union’s team members at the Anaheim Hills location are working elsewhere due to street and freeway closures, and poor air quality.
The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues is setting up relief efforts via CUAid through the National Credit Union Foundation.
As of 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, the list of impacted credit unions include: