In the face of dry conditions and soaring temperatures, wildfires continue to ignite and burn across the state of California and the western U.S. Of note:
The Mendocino Fire Complex, composed of the River and Ranch fires, is the largest wildfire in California history and has been burning for more than two weeks. The Ranch Fire has burned more than 295,000 acres and is 59% contained. The River Fire, burning more than 48,000 acres, has been 93% contained.
The Carr Fire, a destructive wildfire in Shasta County, has burned more than 202,000 acres and is 61% contained. More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed.
The Holy Fire, which has now been burning for a week, is 52% contained and has burned more than 22,700 acres. Evacuations were lifted throughout the weekend but a combination of mandatory and voluntary evacuations still impact approximately 3,500 people.
More fires, including the Natchez, Hat and Donnell fires in Northern California and the Valley Fire in Southern California, continue to crop up and challenge already-strained firefighting resources.
What We're Doing To Help:
Over the weekend, Red Cross shelters for the Carr Fire closed and four people stayed in Mendocino Complex Fire shelters on Sunday night, a substantial and promising change from the more than 490 people that occupied the shelter just a week ago.
Distribution of relief supplies, like cleanup kits, remains a priority as evacuees begin to return home.
Through this Friday, the Red Cross is collaborating with government and community partners at a Local Assistance Center in a Lake County senior center, where those affected by the Mendocino Complex Fires can find food and water, relief supplies, recovery information and health and mental health services.
Provided9,700 overnight shelter stays
Served over 106,400 Meals and Snacks
Handed out more than 31,400 relief items
Provided mental health support with over 12,100 contacts made
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