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As firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, local collections are gathering much needed items for them.

The Oakdale Leader-Escalon Times-Riverbank News office at 122 S. Third Ave., Oakdale, is now a collection site for donated items, with a bin set up inside the office.

Donations of all types are needed, with these items especially in demand: Chapstick, hairclips, blue painters tape, clipboards, gallon Ziploc baggies, small aluminum roasting pans, sponges, hand sanitizer, flashlights, batteries (C and D) scotch tape dispensers, small individual snack packets (cookies, fruit snacks, crackers, etc.), baby wipes, paper towels, tin foil, and travel size toiletries.

Drop donations off at the bin inside the office or contact the newspaper’s Classified/Advertising Coordinator Michelle Kendig at 209-403-4860 for an updated list of items needed.

Nearly 9,000 local, state and federal firefighters are battling 11 major wildfires across California, CAL FIRE spokesman Daniel Berlant said on Monday, Aug. 26.

“Despite windy conditions across much of Northern California and the Sierra, firefighters did make progress yesterday (Sunday) on those fires,” he explained.

On Aug. 25, in fact, firefighters in Monterey County were able to contain the 4,500 acre Mission Fire at Fort Hunter Liggett, bringing the total number of large wildfires down from 12.

The Rim Fire continues to be the most active and has grown to the 13th largest fire in California’s recorded history, added Berlant. It was at 20 percent containment early Tuesday. A total of 4,500 homes remain threatened by the blaze and several evacuation orders and advisories remain in effect. Locally, firefighter Mike DeMartini of the Farmington Fire Department was assigned to a strike team out of Thornton that responded to the Rim Fire. He was with a unit on Monday that was assigned to structure protection in Twain Harte.

CAL FIRE is asking all Californians to take time to ensure that they, their families and their homes are ‘Ready for Wildfire.’ Berlant said officials urge everyone to take a couple minutes and create a Wildfire Action Plan. To learn more visit