The state of California has been engulfed in flames with three major wildfires breaking out in the Camp, Woolsey and Hill areas.
California's northern "Camp Fire" has destroyed 8,817 structures with 7,600 of them being homes. Reports have surfaced that death tolls have risen to 48, making it California's most destructive wildfire and deadliest in history. Search teams are working tirelessly using power saws and cadaver dogs to try and locate as many victims as possible.
As of now, an additional 100 National Guard troops have joined teams already looking for human remains. With a total of 5,615 first responders fighting the blaze, some 52,000 people have been evacuated and 1,385 shelters have been established for survivors.
With a total of 130,000 acres having been burned thus far, it is more important than ever that we truly understand what it means to be our brother's keeper and our sister's soldier.
To help the victims of the three major wildfires – Camp, Woolsey and Hill – that have engulfed the state of California and killed at least 48 people and 50 statewide, see below:
American Red Cross workers have set up temporary shelters and food sites across the state. Donate to the efforts by visiting redcross.org or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donors can even specifically request their monies go towards California relief efforts by writing the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check made out to the organization.
The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation supports the first responders fighting on the frontlines of the wildfires. They are currently requesting donations to put towards hydration backpacks for the firefighters.
The CCF Wildfire Relief Fund supports immediate recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as long-term preparedness efforts.
The United Way of Greater Los Angeles is partnering with United Way of Ventura County to collect donations for its its Disaster Relief Fund.
The Humane Society of Ventura County is accepting animals evacuating from the Hill and Woolsey fires. You can also donate directly to the organization or purchase items like food and toys through their Amazon wish list.
Baby2Baby is working to get high-need items to children affected by the ongoing Camp, Hill, and Woolsey fires in California. Help them supply diapers, wipes, blankets, and other basic baby essentials to families in need by purchasing from their registry.
Airbnb's Open Home Program facilitates connecting those displaced by natural disaster with people who can open up their homes in the area. The accommodations are free. So far, over 700 homes have been opened to evacuees in Ventura County.
California Volunteers, a state office that manages volunteer programs in California, has created a list of services and donation options to help victims affected by the Camp, Woolsey, and Hill fires. Use this list to find information about making donations and volunteering.