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 Post subject: Red Cross-Wildfires in California
Post Posted: Oct 12, 2017 1:10 pm 
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What a Crazy Year this has been- From Floods to Hurricanes to now Wildfires,
and thousands of Red Cross Members are Coming from all over to Help
Give a Hand. Showing Support to so many Communities. As well as all the Firefighters,
and Partner Agencies, that are doing so much.
I just want to say Thank You for all they have done and are doing right now.
This is what were all about Coming together, to help each other in times of need.
From Red Cross Volunteer Michelle Adams




Red Cross Provides Relief as 15+ Major Wildfires Burn More than 110,000 Acres Across California

October 11, 2017

Washington, D.C., October 11, 2017 — More than 15 deadly wildfires are burning across California, threatening residents, homes and businesses. The American Red Cross is there working alongside partners to provide shelter, food and comfort for people forced to leave their homes.

Firefighters are battling blazes in Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Yuba, Nevada, Calaveras and Butte counties. In these first few days, the focus by first responders has been to save lives; containment efforts for the fires will follow. On Monday alone, the fast-moving fires burned an area the size of a football field every three seconds – as many as 20,000 acres scorched in as little as 12 hours. According to officials:

About 45,000 people are under mandatory evacuation orders
As many as 33,000 homes are threatened by the out-of-control fires
More than 110,000 acres have been burned
About 1,100 homes have already been destroyed

Wineries in the Napa Valley have been affected, putting many people out of work. Several hospitals have been evacuated, thousands are without power, and schools are closed. The Tubbs fire is already the 12th most destructive wildfire on record in California and it is still burning out of control. No rain is expected in the region for the coming week. The exceptionally dry weather and extreme winds could spark additional fires, or cause the existing fires to spread.

Alongside partners, Red Cross disaster workers are supporting evacuation centers where people can find safe refuge from the fires. Additional supplies and volunteers are being mobilized now. Overnight, at least 2,200 people sought refuge from wildfires in 32 Red Cross and community shelters across the state. The Red Cross is also providing meals, health services, comfort and other support for affected residents. Thousands of additional cots, blankets and emergency relief supplies are being mobilized now to support relief efforts. Volunteers from across the country are traveling to California to support sheltering, feeding, logistics and planning efforts. The Red Cross is also working closely with government and community partners to coordinate relief efforts. Some of the partners we are working with include Children’s Disaster Services, The Salvation Army and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.


Wildfires Rage in California - Red Cross Responds


October 12, 2017
As many as 22 deadly wildfires are burning across California, threatening residents, homes and businesses, and the American Red Cross is there working alongside partners to provide shelter, food and comfort for people forced to leave their homes with little notice.

About 105,000 people are under mandatory evacuation orders, including the entire town of Calistoga, most having only a few minutes to flee their neighborhood. As many as 35,000 homes are threatened by the out-of-control fires. The fires have already burned more than 200,000 acres and destroyed some 1,300 homes. Wineries in the Napa Valley have been affected, putting many people out of work. On Monday alone, the fast-moving fires burned an area the size of a football field every three seconds. That’s 20,000 acres scorched in as little as 12 hours. Several hospitals have been evacuated, thousands are without power and schools are closed. The Tubbs fire is already the twelfth most destructive wildfire on record in California, and it is still burning out of control.

No rain is expected in the region for the next week. The exceptionally dry weather and at times hurricane-strength winds in California could spark additional fires, and the existing fires may spread rapidly and unpredictably. Firefighters are battling blazes in Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Yuba, Nevada, Calaveras and Butte counties.

Our Response

Alongside partners, Red Cross disaster workers are supporting evacuation centers where people can find safe refuge from the fires. Additional supplies and volunteers are being mobilized now.

Overnight, at least 5,100 people sought refuge from wildfires in 59 Red Cross and community shelters across the state.

The Red Cross is providing meals, health services, comfort and other support for affected residents coming to our shelters. Thousands of additional cots, blankets and emergency relief supplies have been mobilized and are ready to support relief efforts if needed. Volunteers from across the country are traveling now to California to support sheltering, feeding, logistics and planning efforts. The Red Cross is also working closely with government and community partners to coordinate relief efforts. Some of the partners we are working with include Children’s Disaster Services, The Salvation Army and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.


How to Help: You can help people affected by disasters big and small, like the wildfires and countless other crises, by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small. Call, click, or text to give: visit redcross.org, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. With regard to in-kind donations, the Red Cross is currently seeking community partners to help support the anticipated generous donations of clothing and other items.


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