Wildfires are forcing people in California from their homes and the American Red Cross is on the scene, providing food and shelter for those affected.
The fires have consumed more than 100,000 acres and officials have mandatory and voluntary evacuations in place. More than 800 homes and businesses are threatened.
The Red Cross has shelters and evacuation centers open with more shelters, supplies and workers standing by if needed. Red Cross workers are providing meals for first responders and people forced to leave their homes. The Red Cross will continue to offer shelter and food for as long as needed. Working through local partners, a shelter for pets is nearby and the Southern Baptist Convention kitchen is on site to prepare meals.
Fires are also burning in Washington and Oregon where residents are also under mandatory evacuation orders. The Red Cross has shelters open and is working with officials to determine what other assistance is needed.
Meanwhile, excessive rainfall caused mudslides that closed roads and affected thousands of people in San Bernardino County in California. Red Cross workers opened a shelter and evacuation center and provided meals for those affected.
WILDFIRE SAFETY If someone is living in an area where wildfires are a threat, they should be ready to evacuate quickly by backing the car into the garage or parking it out in the open facing the direction needed to escape.
Other safety steps include the following:
WILDFIRE APP You can also download the free Red Cross Wildfire App for preloaded content that lets users know what they should do before, during and after a wildfire.
FIRST AID APP Folks should also download the Red Cross First Aid app to have information on hand about how to handle the most common first aid emergencies.
HOW YOU CAN HELP A donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief can help people affected by wildfires and other disasters. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.