June 30, 2016---More than 14 L.A. Region Red Crossers will spend their 4th of July holiday in Kern County assisting with the Red Cross response to the Erskine Fire, which has destroyed over 285 homes. The stubborn fire, which is located near Lake Isabella off HWY 176 (approximately halfway between Bakersfield and Ridgecrest) has consumed 46,684 acres and threatening an additional 2,500 homes.
The disaster response is being managed by Scott Underwood, Deputy Regional Disaster Officer for the Los Angeles Region. Red Cross volunteers are working hard to provide immediate needs to those affected by the fire. Red Crossers have opened two shelters and are providing food and relief supplies, along with health services to help people cope with a very difficult situation.
As of June 28th, the Red Cross provided over 2,000 meals and snacks to those affected by the fire as well as to public safety personnel. The Red Cross is also going into areas recently opened by fire safety officials to provide support to affected families. They are providing meals and disaster supplies—coolers, comfort kits, water, plastic bags, and work gloves - to assist families who have been able to return home.
The Red Cross has also made donated goods accessible for those who need them in partnership with Goodwill. Other in-kind donation partners include the Elks Lodge and the Salvation Army.
Photo credit: Steve Jeter