Thousands of people have lost their homes due to the fires ravaging the West Coast, and although many of us feel helpless watching events unfold, there are things we can do to help those affected...
America is on fire.For over a month now, wildfires have been burning across the west, plunging California and other nearby states into crises.
And as casualties continue to rise, there's one thing on everyone's mind...
It is a truly terrifying time...
And, sadly, the fires are showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
Family member flying out of California this evening just sent along these photos from the flight. She said passenge… https://t.co/jF7aap3Pqu— Oliver Darcy (@Oliver Darcy)1599443672.0
Things are getting out of hand.CNN reported that there are currently forty large fires burning across California, Oregon, and Washington after extreme heat and high winds spurred on the flames.
Thousands of residents have been evacuated.And more than 2 million acres have burned in California this year alone.
As time trickles on, more and more photos have been emerging from these dismayed areas...
Giving us a perfect, yet harrowing insight into the magnitude of these fires.
California burning down #CaliforniaFires https://t.co/7tqKtWWWna— Sawyer (@Sawyer)1599720235.0
But now, a series of photos have been circulating online...
And they are nothing like we have ever seen before.
It is like I am living in a Snapchat filter #CaliforniaFires #staysafebayarea https://t.co/JMzkBFkVPI— vishnu (@vishnu)1599713271.0
Like something straight out of a horror movie...The skies of America have turned blood red.
Understandably, people have been left incredibly alarmed by the photos...
And it is making many of us ask the question - how on earth has this been allowed to happen?!
Anyone else totally haunted by the red sky pictures?— andrew (@andrew)1599747682.0
While most of us feel helpless in this situation, there are a few things we can all do to help the victims of the fires...We all want to help as much as we can, but the Cal Fire San Mateo-Santa Cruz unit encouraged those who want to donate to be aware of scams asking people to give money to fake sites.
Here's a list of some of the best organizations you can donate to right now...There is an official fundraiser that’s just $6,000 shy of its goal, where all money raised will go to helping support wildfire victims.
There's a designated “Fire Relief Fund..."Where donations go to Puente’s Emergency Fire Relief Fund assisting rural communities like Pescadero, Loma Mar, and Año Nuevo.
The American Red Cross is providing housing, meals, and supplies for those who need it...You can text “REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation or donate using its online form and write “California Wildfires" if you want your money to be used specifically on California.
The Salvation Army has set up a donation page which supports first responders as well as victims...Their donation page goes toward food, drinks, and emotional support resources.
If you want to donate to Solano, your money will go towards grants to people who have lost their homes to the fires...You can donate to the Relief Fund here and they will use the donor contributions for small (up to $2,500) and large (up to $7,500) grants.
The North Valley Community Foundation...This is a local organization that has a Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund which also helps animals.
United Way of North California is cash grants for those that have lost their homes...click here for more info.
All donations to Community Foundation Santa Cruz County will be used for grant making.donating supplies and volunteering here.
We can only hope that the residents effected will get the relief they so deserve soon.
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#OregonFires Enchanted Forest in Salem Oregon looks downright Apocalyptic today. https://t.co/DzgaJzuoFo— Jesse (@Jesse)1599593251.0