The wildfires ravaging California, which includes the most destructive and deadly in the state's history, together cover hundreds of thousands of acres.
Since the fires started spreading on November 8, 2018, the blazes have burned more than 230,000 acres, which is 364 square miles, or about the size of Indianapolis. Two blazes, the Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles, have each claimed an area larger than the nation’s capital.
The Woolsey fire has ravaged parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, including Malibu, Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks while pushing into the San Fernando Valley. Three deaths have been reported, and scores of residents have been evacuated. The Hill fire has pushed through canyons to the edge of Camarillo Springs and Cal State Channel Islands, burning more than 4,000 acres.
The Camp fire in Northern California’s Butte County has left more than 60 people dead and destroyed more than 7,800 structures. It's the state's deadliest and most destructive fire, according to CalFire.
If you are trying to find a way to help those who have lost their homes or are in need of assistance, there are a number of charities working to support relief efforts as the fires continue to rage.
- American Red Cross
- Salvation Army
- United Way
- Direct Relief
- Ventura County Community Foundation – Woolsey Fire
- North Valley Community Foundation – Camp Fire
For all giving opportunities, visit Irvine Gives.