Direct Relief volunteers loading supplies.
Fires continue to rage across California, covering thousands of acres of ground and threating the lives of thousands of people. Hundreds of people are still missing, and the town of Paradise, California – once home to 27,000 – has been completely leveled. Smoke from the fire also threatens those who inhale it with lung, heart, neurological and immune system complications.

Many of our charity partners are responding to the victims of the fires, providing emergency response teams and supplies. If you would like to support those effected, please reach out to Brittany Mattfeld at Here is an update of the four fires currently in California:
Camp Fire/Paradise
The Camp Fire began on Thursday, Nov. 8, in Butte County and has destroyed 8,800 homes and other buildings. 50,000 residents are under evacuation orders, at least 50 people have been killed and the town of Paradise has been leveled. The fire is reported as the deadliest in the state’s history. At last report, it was 30 percent contained.
The Woolsey fire broke out on Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Malibu are of California. 400 structures so far have been destroyed, with 200,000 people displaced and two reported deaths. The fire has covered more than 97,000 acres of land. It is currently 47 percent contained.
The Hill Fire began on Nov. 8, spread across 4,500 acres of land, and is currently 92 percent contained.
The Sierra Fire just broke out on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Fontana, California. A brush fire, so far it has covered 150 acres. So far, there have been no evacuations. It is 75 percent contained.
Responding organizations include:
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