The Camp Fire, which began on November 8, is now the deadliest wildfire in California history with 56 fatalities. It razed through more than 117,000 acres in Northern California and destroyed over 7,000 buildings. The Woolsey Fire, too, has burned through more than 93,000 acres and destroyed at least 435 structures in Los Angeles County.
Once these fires started, Tzu Chi USA’s Northwest Regional Office volunteers quickly mobilized. Since November 9th, they have distributed emergency supplies including at least 550 blankets to residents sheltered at the Neighborhood Church of Chico to offer residents physical comfort as the flames continue. Many are literally sleeping in their own vehicles while many others are forced to sleep on the lawn.
In Southern California, too, Tzu Chi volunteers assessed the situation at shelters across Los Angeles (including at the Palisades Charter High School, Taft High School, Pierce College, and Canoga Park High School) to see what they could do to help.
There is still a concern for the region’s safety, as fierce winds lingering in the region are anticipated to start two major wildfires west of Los Angeles, including one that has already killed two in Malibu. The wind picked up tremendously on November 13th and escalated to hurricane-like force. Residents of this region are at risk of critical danger, and Tzu Chi USA’s headquarters has already completed its first assessment and is ready for its next steps.
Until further aid may be given, Tzu Chi volunteers from across the country are heading to the streets across the US to raise funds for those who’ve suffered severe losses through California’s fires. Volunteers from Tzu Chi’s Northwestern Regional office will also continue to distribute blankets to help residents stay warm.
Tzu Chi volunteers will need your help. Contributions can help provide someone with a warm blanket, a hot meal, or a cash card to let a family decide what they need most to move forward. Help us combat the California Wildfires and instead ignite compassion at www.tzuchi.us/donate/disaster-relief
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