As deadly wildfires spread through the Northern California town of Redding and its surrounding areas, celebrity chef and hometown hero Guy Fieri is on the ground, feeding evacuees and first responders. He’s teamed up with fellow celebrity chef José Andrés and his non-profit, World Central Kitchen, to aid those affected in Shasta County.
The Carr Fire, which started one week ago as the result of a “vehicle mechanical failure,” has already scorched 98,724 acres., causing six deaths along the way — two of whom were firefighters. Fieri and Andrés have combined their efforts with local branches of disaster relief organizations the Red Cross and Salvation Army, as well as Operation BBQ Relief, an organization that rolls up with smokers to feed victims of natural disasters.
Though the fire is now 20 percent contained, it had doubled in size over the weekend, causing such an inferno that it was creating its own wind and weather patterns. According to SFGate, Fieri and the crew of volunteers fed over 1,400 people yesterday, serving a menu of pulled pork, cole slaw, and rice. Fieri told CNN that he brought a caravan of his family — including his son — and friends from his home in Santa Rosa, four hours away.
This isn’t the first time that Fieri has jumped in to feed those in need: He brought his own smoker to cook for victims of last year’s devastating Wine Country fires.
Fieri recommends that those looking to donate head to the Salvation Army.