‘Stay strong’: As California wildfires rage, hotels offer vouchers, discounts for those displaced

California has faced hundreds of wildfires the past week, which have left six people dead, 1.2 million acres of land torched, about 1,000 homes and other structures burned and tens of thousands to flee. As a result, hotels are stepping in to help communities affected by the blazes.

Due to the CZU August Lightning Complex Fires in Santa Cruz County, free hotel vouchers may be available for those in certain areas. “Free hotel vouchers may be available to evacuees from official evacuation areas,” reads a statement on the county’s website. “To access this state/federal program, visit any of the overnight shelters below and ask for a hotel voucher form. The list of available hotels differ from those listed on this site, and may be located in nearby counties. Proof of residency required.” 

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A list of hotels can be found here, which lists the properties that allow pets and where discounts may be available. Some hotels report that they are already full, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The southern California city of San Jose has provided a list of discounted hotels on its tourism website with this message: “Team San Jose would like to thank our generous hotel partners and Silicon Valley Strong for these special, reduced rates. Stay strong, stay safe, stay well.”

Those hotels include the AC Hotel San Jose Downtown, Best Western Plus Airport Plaza, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, San Jose International Airport, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Jose, Fairmont San Jose and more (a full list is available here).

The toll on the community has been devastating for some residents. “Tuesday night, when I went to bed, I had a beautiful home on a beautiful ranch,” said Hank Hanson, 81, of Vacaville. “By Wednesday night, I have nothing but a bunch of ashes.”

Contributing: Susan Miller

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