How to Help Victims of the California Wildfires

Sarah DiMarco
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Photo credit: JOSH EDELSON - Getty Images
Photo credit: JOSH EDELSON - Getty Images

From Veranda

Across California, wildfires have engulfed more than an estimated 1.3 million acres in the past week as firefighters struggle to contain the blazes. Officials from Cal Fire attribute the more than 615 wildfires to dry terrain, record-breaking temperatures, and a series of lightning storms.

Northern California remains the hardest-hit area with the largest group of fires, the L.N.U. Lightning Complex and the S.C.U. Lightning Complex. These fires ripped through the region, causing nearly 250,000 people to evacuate their homes and killing seven. Parks and nature retreats like Big Basin State Park have seen immense damage as well with more than 4,000 acres of the state’s iconic redwood trees destroyed.

In a virtual press conference on Monday, August 24, California Gov. Gavin Newsom voiced that the state is at the point where, “every resource at our disposal, every resource that we have within the state, is being used.” Tens of thousands of firefighter from across California and the United States have been enlisted to help fight the flames—some working 24-hour shifts to prevent more homes from being engulfed.

As weather forecasts show the threat of more lighting storms and evacuees fear contracting the coronavirus at local shelters, it’s clear those devastated by the wildfires need support now more than ever.

If you are able to donate, here are a number organizations to consider supporting in order to aid relief efforts:

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