Since the beginning of the year, more than 9,200 wildfires have burned more than 4.1 million acres in California, damaging or destroying approximately 10,400 structures.
The Los Angeles region responded by deploying more than 300 volunteers from its workforce. Many Angelenos deployed both in person and virtually to assist with relief efforts in Northern California and Oregon amidst several simultaneous, record-breaking wildfires across the West Coast. The amount of preparation allowed for the region to send the highest number of volunteers into areas, aside from the responding region.
The Red Cross and our partners have helped by:
Facilitating more than 242,000 overnight stays
Serving more than 816,300 meals and snacks
Distributing more than 53,000 relief items
Making more than 49,400 individual care contacts
Providing more than 1,600 households with emergency financial assistance
As the coronavirus pandemic wears on, California wildfires have upended hundreds of lives. Through it all, more people are stepping up as Red Cross volunteers to help others — even as they cope with the impact of these events, and COVID-19, on their own lives.
Spectrum News 1 interviews Maribel Solorzano, AmeriCorps member at Red Cross LA
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.