As three devastating wildfires continue to spread across the US state of California, thus far taking 31 lives and displacing hundred of thousands, here’s what you can do to help:
The state of California is currently battling three major wildfires – the first fire, Camp Fire, has quickly spread across 111,000 acres of land and is still growing. It has become the deadliest fire in the state’s history with 31 fatalities so far.
The exact cause of the fires is still unknown, but there are several contributing factors as to why they have become such a huge catastrophe, catapulting the Golden State into a state of emergency. Firstly, climate change has led to a rise in temperatures of about two-three degrees over recent years, which has dried out the vegetation and made it more susceptible to burning. Secondly, the renowned Fall winds of Santa Ana have been responsible for spreading the fire across country and towards cities three times faster than they normally would.
More than 8,000 fire crews are battling the fires while more than 150,000 people have been evacuated and are seeking shelter – if you are looking to support, have a look at the below organizations and remember that every little counts…
HOW TO HELP DISPLACED PEOPLE
Wildfire Relief Fund
The Wildfire Relief Fund was established in 2003 to support displaced people affected by fires by helping to rebuild homes, provide follow-up medical care and more.
American Red Cross
American Red Cross is raising funds to provide shelter, food, relief items and health contacts. Visit redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
HOW TO HELP FIREFIGHTERS
The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation
Support the firefighters at The Los Angeles Fire Department who are working tirelessly to contain the fires and are in need of hydration packs.
The Entertainment Industry Foundation
The Entertainment Industry Foundation is a non-profit, started by Hollywood celebrities, which helps firefighters including the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation.
HOW TO HELP ANIMALS
Humane Society of Ventura County
The Humane Society of Ventura Animals is a non-profit taking in domestic animals and livestock that have been displaced by the fire. The charity is currently looking for donations to enable it to evacuate and take care of the animals.