US How to Help the Victims of the California Wildfires

23:24  07 december  2017
23:24  07 december  2017 Source:   time.com

California wildfires: The numbers behind the blazes

  California wildfires: The numbers behind the blazes A spate of California wildfires have destroyed an area larger than New York City and Boston -- combined. And there's no end in sight. Ferocious Santa Ana winds are literally adding fuel to the fires, one week after the colossal Thomas Fire started.

Thousands of people in California have been evacuated and face uncertainty as wildfires rage through the state. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CAL FIRE , reports that over 620,000 acres of land have been scorched by fast-moving wildfires this calendar year as emergency.

Wildfires are raging across California , displacing thousands and burning at record sizes. Here are some ways to pitch in and help . The state of California ’s California Volunteers initiative has compiled a list of on-the-ground volunteering and donation opportunities for the Carr, Mendocino

a man wearing a helmet: Santa Barbara PIO Mike Eliason watches as a home between Via Baja and Foothill goes up in flames Tuesday midday after the fast-moving, wind-fueled Thomas fire swept through Ventura County. © Al Seib—LA Times via Getty Images Santa Barbara PIO Mike Eliason watches as a home between Via Baja and Foothill goes up in flames Tuesday midday after the fast-moving, wind-fueled Thomas fire swept through Ventura County.

Wildfires sweeping through southern California have forced more than 200,000 people to evacuate their homes. The largest blaze, the Thomas fire, has already burned through 90,000 acres, and threatens to spread further as 80-mph winds fan its flames.

There have been no reports of any deaths so far, but more than 150 homes have been destroyed in Ventura County alone. (Other affected counties include Los Angeles, while red-flag warnings have been issued for various counties throughout California.) That fire, called the Ventura Fire, has been burning since Monday.

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How to Help Evacuees. “With disasters such as these, local organizations like your local homeless shelter, animal shelter, or food bank are always If you’re an evacuee, U-Haul is offering free 30-day storage to wildfire victims , and Facebook has set up a Crisis Response Page that connects victims

California wildfires are still raging the countryside, displacing thousands of people are from their homes. Here's how you can help the victims of the fires . Victims can use the feature to post individual requests for aid, and those looking to help can also offer their services.

“We got knots in our stomach coming back up here,” Lisa Kermode, who was forced to evacuate her home in Ventura, told the Associated Press. “We lost everything, everything, all our clothes, anything that was important to us. All our family heirlooms — it’s not sort of gone, it’s completely gone.”

Here’s where you can make Thomas fire donations to help victims in California.

Thomas Fire Fund

The website of the Thomas Fire Fund, set up by a coalition of emergency service groups, was down on Wednesday due to server overload. However, you can still make Thomas fire donations by texting “UWVC” to 41444 or calling 805-485-6288.

Salvation Army

You can donate to the Salvation Army’s Ventura relief fund online or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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The fires consuming parts of Southern California have moved rapidly since breaking out a few days ago. The Thomas Fire , a blaze in Ventura County, has already claimed 90,000 acres. The fires have collectively led to the evacuation of more than 200,000 residents, according to news reports.

Fast-moving wildfires spread devastation and desperation in Northern California . So far, more than 75,000 people have evacuated. Dozens are dead.

American Red Cross

The greater Los Angeles region division of the Red Cross has opened three centers for evacuees to seek shelter. You can make donations online or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Verified GoFundMe campaigns

GoFundMe has set up an official list of campaigns people have set up to collect donations for their own rebuilding efforts, after having their homes devastated by the California fires.

UCLA cancels basketball game vs. Montana over wildfire concerns .
<p>UCLA has canceled its men's basketball game Wednesday against Montana at Pauley Pavilion because of concerns over wildfires in the area.</p>

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