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
Starting the morning of August 16th there were extensive lightning strikes throughout the Bay Area of California. Multiple vegetation fires were started as a result of the lightning and, coupled with an Excessive Heat Warning and high winds, many of them quickly grew in size.
Evacuations were ordered for communities in eastern Contra Costa County that evening and multiple Temporary Evacuation Points (TEPs) have been opened.
Some 250,000 people are under evacuations and warnings. So far, it has been reported that more than 500 homes have been destroyed.
The fire patterns across the region remain challenging with new evacuation orders being released frequently throughout the day and others being lifted.
There are currently still more than 74,000 homes still threatened and over 108,000 people under evacuation orders.
The LNU Lightening Complex has burned more than 350,000 acres across Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo, Stanislaus counties and is 22% contained
The SCU Lightning Complex, comprised of some 20 fires, has burned nearly 344,000 acres between Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties and is 10% contained
The CZU Lightning Complex has burned some 74,000 acres across San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties and is 8% contained
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.
Nearly 600 Red Cross disaster workers alongside government and community partners provided shelter, meals, health services, comfort and other support for affected residents.
With our partners, thousands of people stayed in community shelters and hotel stays in California
More than 40,000 meals and snacks were served with our partners
Over 10,800 relief items were distributed.
Volunteers have provided more than 5,900 individual care contacts to help people with medical or disability needs, or provide emotional and spiritual support during this challenging time.
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