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After just one day, the Granville Homes Creek Fire Relief Fund to assist those displaced by the wildfire has raised $14,160 toward the $50,000 goal.

Portrait of Darius Assemi

“It is heartbreaking to see the devastation the Creek fire has brought to the mountain communities in the Sierra.” — Granville Homes President and CEO Darius Assemi

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, 47 donors had contributed $7,080. And, Granville Homes has pledged to match, dollar for dollar, the first $25,000 in contributions made through the Granville Creek Fire Relief Fund website.

The site includes links to other local resources and organizations that are gathering supplies or providing support to fire victims.

“It is heartbreaking to see the devastation the Creek fire has brought to the mountain communities in the Sierra,” said Granville Homes President and CEO and GV Wire Publisher Darius Assemi.

“I have spoken with friends who were among those who lost their homes and all of their worldly possessions, and I pray for the safety of those who are still in harm’s way.”

The Creek Fire burns along a hillside in the Cascadel Woods community of Madera County on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP/Noah Berger)

Proceeds Administered by American Red Cross of Central California

Money raised through the Granville Homes effort will go to the American Red Cross of Central California. The organization is offering support services to those displaced by the fire, which has so far burned more nearly 176,00 acres and destroyed 361 structures.

The Creek Fire has displaced nearly 12,000 people in Fresno and Madera counties, a Cal Fire official said at a Wednesday evening briefing. The displaced residents are from communities in the path of the fire, including Shaver Lake, Big Creek, Auberry, Huntington Lake, North Fork, and Bass Lake, among others.

“The American Red Cross is working alongside government and community partners to provide shelter, food, and comfort for people forced to leave their homes with little notice as a result of the Creek Fire. …” the organization said on its website.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email