6 major fires burning in southern California
The largest fire has burned about 115,000 acres and is just 5 percent contained.
Erika Crooks remembers the day well. On Memorial Day weekend, four years ago, she, her husband and their one and a half year old daughter went to a local Target near their home in Elk Grove, California. to purchase bbq supplies. When they returned, their home was engulfed in flames.
“It was like an out-of-body experience,” Crooks, 33, told Fox News Friday. “You see fires on TV and his insensitivity to them. But you never know when it comes to your house.”
It was a last-minute decision that saved Crooks and her family from the flames: She and her husband decided to make the trip to Focus on a family outing, as opposed to one of them to stay at home with their young daughter, ” she said.
“It was like an out-of-body experience.”
– Erika Scammers
Crooks’ family, who live alone in their home for five months, watched their house burn for about seven hours before the fire was contained. The fire marshal for service that day, told Crooks that the a outside fire, probably sparked by something flammable thrown in a trash bin near their house.
“I was shocked, scared, and sad,” she said. “I wanted to run in and grab pictures and my daughter’s favorite blanket — material things that you take for granted.”
Crooks’ family lost a lot that day. But thanks to a $100 gift card from California Fire Foundation for the SAVE program, they were able to buy food and pajamas for their daughter that night.
The foundation collaborates with local fire agencies to have direct, on-site assistance to families who are in a residential loss of at least 25 percent, according to the website of their own.
It is also providing assistance to people affected by the wildfires in Southern California that have scorched more than 170,000 acres, destroyed more than 1,000 structures and forced more than 200,000 evacuations so far.
Structures Destroyed: 1,010
Structures Threatened: 25,000
Civilians Evacuated: 90,000
Largest Brand: Thomas Brand, on 148,000 acres (more than 231 square miles) pic.twitter.com/PvazmEXj2m
— CAL FIRE PIO (@CALFIRE_PIO) 9 December 2017
Here is what is done to help the wildfire victims.
President Trump’s emergency declaration for the state of California
Several provinces in the South of California receives federal assistance.
President Trump a state of emergency in California on Friday, which allows for federal assistance to supplement the national and local response to the burn. His statement is a response to a letter from California Gov. Jerry Brown sent Thursday. Los Angeles, Ventura, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Riverside counties will all receive federal assistance.
More specifically, “FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and at its discretion, equipment and resources required for alleviating the consequences of the emergency,” a statement from FEMA after the publication reads. Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.
The united Way of Ventura County
In a partnership with the American Red Cross of Ventura County and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency services, The United Way of Ventura County has started the Thomas Fire Fund to help the community relief efforts in the province, which is mainly influenced by the Thomas Fire. This wildfire — that is the largest of the six raging across the state, has scorched more than 140,000 acres and destroyed more than 470 structures.
The Salvation Army Ventura Corps is accepting food, water, and money donations to help those affected by the fires, especially for people who have been evacuated to the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
Since Monday, the organization has distributed 1,500 meals to evacuees at the fairgrounds and at Nordhoff high School in Ojai, California., that is also serve as a temporary evacuation centre.
The Red Cross
Around 615 people who were forced to leave their homes because of the fires have sought refuge at the 13 Red Cross community shelters in Southern California.
More than 615 people took refuge in a 13 #RedCross & community shelters overnight in #California because of dangerous #fires. For shelter locations, and important safety information, please download our free Emergency app: https://t.co/2dsoMseqdf pic.twitter.com/3lsWebKhnQ
— American Red Cross (@RedCross) December 8, 2017
Go Fund Me
Many people have started fundraising campaigns at Go Fund Me in the light of the fires.
California Community Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund
The California Community Foundations Wildfire Relief Fund provides immediate and long-term wildfire recovery efforts. Since 2003 the fund has increased from $3.5 million to support relief and recovery efforts.
More specifically, the fund supports those who have suffered long-term psychological or health problems as a result of forest fires, helps in the reconstruction of houses, provides financial assistance to victims, and more.
L. A. Kitchen
L. A. Kitchen has been providing meals to the firefighters and the displaced wildfire victims.
The Humane Society of Ventura County
The Humane Society of Ventura County is housing more than 100 animals due to the forest fires. They are in need of veterinary supplies such as: cat food, alfalfa, hay, water troughs, hoses, flashlights, rabbit food, and more.
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.