Dozens of historic deadly wildfires continue to consume millions of acres in the west, especially in California, Oregon and Washington where in some cases entire towns have been destroyed and tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes.
The American Red Cross is there to help those affected by these massive and widespread fires.
Most evacuees have had to leave quickly with little advance notice, taking what few belongings they could. Thousands of homes and businesses have been incinerated.
More than 500,000 people — or 10% of Oregon's population — have been forced to evacuate.
On September 7, historic winds complicated two wildfires, the Beachie Creek Fire in Marion County and the Lionshead Fire in Jefferson County, burning in the Cascades, along with several small fires burning in Southern Oregon. Winds picked up and drove the fires towards inhabited locations, forcing Level 3 “Go” evacuations.
In California, fires have now burned as many as 3.1 million acres.
Six of the top 20 largest wildfires in California history have occurred in the last two months.
So far this year, over 3,900 structures have been destroyed.
Even with cooler weather coming soon, California historically experiences some of the most devastating wildfires in the months of September and October.
In Washington, more than half a million acres have been consumed in just a few days. This amounts to roughly half the size of 2015’s record-setting fire season, which burned more than 1 million acres.
Weather conditions are improving, but the fire danger isn’t over.
Wildfires are also burning in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.
So far in Washington:
Over 100 Red Cross disaster workers have been deployed.
With our partners, we have provided over 2,300 overnight shelter and hotel stays
Over 11,400 meals and snacks have been served with our partners.