Dozens of uncontrolled wildfires are burning across California, forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee their homes. While the threat of additional fires remains high with dry thunderstorms possibly sparking new blazes, hundreds of Red Cross disaster workers have been mobilized to help provide evacuees with safe shelter, food and comfort.
Wildfires Response Information
The wildfires that continue to burn across California are leaving extensive burn scars. More than 1,600 homes have been destroyed in these deadly fires.
As of Tuesday morning, California is currently free of extreme weather warnings but firefighters working to contain massive wildfires are being cautioned about increasingly warm and dry conditions heading toward Labor Day.
The LNU Lightning Complex and SCU Lightning Complex, two of the largest fires in California state history which have been burning for two weeks, are both about 70% contained after burning more than 765,000 acres.
The CZU Lightning Complex has burned an additional 85,200 acres and is 43% contained as of Tuesday morning.
As containment increases, many residents have had evacuation orders and warnings lifted.
Still, nearly 49,000 people still can’t return home.
Wildfire smoke is continuing to affect air quality across northern parts of the state.
Well-above average wildfire conditions will continue across the West, according to the latest wildfire seasonal forecast.
So far in California, we have:
The American Red Cross is in wildfire-affected communities across Northern California, providing shelter and comfort to those in need with the help of community partners and volunteers.
Red Cross disaster workers are focused on providing food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort to the thousands of people forced from their homes. We will be there for as long as it takes.
The Red Cross will continue to support many of the nearly 49,000 people who still can’t return home in Northern California.
On Monday night, the Red Cross and our partners provided more than 4,500 people in California with refuge from the wildfires in emergency lodgings, including shelters and, in some circumstances, hotels.
Thousands ofovernight shelter and hotel stays provided with partners
Over40,000 meals and snacks served with partners
Over 5,900 individual care contacts made
Over 10,800relief itemsdistributed
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