Fast-moving wildfires are consuming thousands of acres in California, USA, forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes. Many have lost their lives and hundreds are still missing. Schools are closed, some hospitals have been evacuated, thousands are without power and several major highways are closed.
The American Red Cross is on the ground throughout the State of California, providing shelter, food and comfort for thousands of people forced to leave their homes due to the deadly wildfires burning in both the northern and southern parts of the state.
Red Cross volunteers are providing help and support at evacuation centers to offer safe refuge for people impacted by these devastating fires. Overnight, more than 1,000 people sought refuge from the wildfires in 12 Red Cross and community evacuation centers across the state. People are welcome to come to shelters for help even if they don’t stay overnight.
The Red Cross has deployed enough supplies to shelter as many as 7,000 people, including special equipment to support people with access and functional needs. The Red Cross is also mobilizing relief supplies to serve as many as 15,000 households. Supplies include sifters, personal protective equipment, respiratory masks, rakes, shovels, work gloves, tarps, and other resources.