How to help victims of the western wildfires
Posted September 15, 2020 6:05 p.m. EDT
Wildfires are consuming the forests of California and Oregon, darkening the skies over San Francisco and Portland, destroying property and putting a strain on economic activity already singed by the coronavirus pandemic.
In California, nearly 17,000 firefighters are battling 29 major wildfires. Since mid-August the blazes have destroyed 4,100 buildings and killed 24 people in the state. Fires have engulfed 3.3 million acres of land in California this year -- desolation greater in size than Connecticut.
Up and down the west coast, local organizations are also finding ways to help those who have lost everything, those forced to seek shelter outside the fire zone and the firefighters and other first responders who are risking their lives to bring the fires under control.
NBC affiliate KGW8 partnered with the Red Cross and U.S. Bank to raise money to support the work the American Red Cross is providing to families that have been displaced or impacted by the active and growing wildfires.
The California Fire Foundation supports firefighters and their families and provides aid to victims of fires and other natural disasters.
Direct Relief provides N-95 masks, medicine, and other resources to healthcare agencies and first responders in wildfire-affected communities.
California Community Fund supports both mid-term to long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts for those affected by California wildfires.