California Wildfires: Fast Facts

Wildfires intensified by extreme heat are burning across California and forcing thousands of residents to flee. Learn more about the California wildfires and how to help survivors through community-led relief efforts.


1. More than a dozen wildfires are burning in California.

Active fires are scorching thousands of acres and threatening entire towns. The Fairview Fire, California’s largest blaze this year, has killed two people. More than 18,500 people have been ordered to evacuate the area in Riverside County.
Source: The Associated Press + The New York Times

2. The fires grew explosively during the recent heat wave.

Temperatures climbed to 116 degrees in parts of California this week, fueling the flames of active wildfires and making firefighting more difficult.
Source: The Guardian

3. Tropical Storm Kay could complicate the California wildfires.

The tropical storm approaching Southern California could add to the extreme weather the state has experienced this week by bringing high winds, lightning, flash floods, and mudslides. Tropical Storm Kay is expected to generate gusts of up to 100 mph, which could whip up the fast-moving Fairview Fire.
Source: The New York Times + Reuters

[Support community-led recovery with a donation to GlobalGiving’s California Wildfire Relief Fund.]


4. The climate crisis is making wildfire seasons worse.

California’s firefighting agency, Cal Fire, says longer wildfire seasons are a direct result of the climate crisis. Drought and extreme heat across the state create the conditions for increased—and intensified—wildfire activity.
Source: Cal Fire + The Guardian

5. GlobalGiving partners are already on the ground helping survivors access food, shelter, and other emergency services.

GlobalGiving’s Disaster Response Team is working with responding partners to meet the immediate needs of California wildfire survivors and first responders. Once urgent needs are met, the GlobalGiving California Wildfire Relief Fund will transition to support community-led, long-term recovery efforts as needed.
Source: GlobalGiving California Wildfire Relief Fund

6. Cash is the best way to help people in need during a natural disaster like the California wildfires.

Why? Survivors’ needs vary greatly throughout the life cycle of recovery. Some will require financial support, medical care, and psychological assistance years down the road. You can learn more about the importance of cash donations in this infographic.
Source: GlobalGiving + USAID Center for International Disaster Information

Help communities hit hardest by the California wildfires through GlobalGiving and fuel community-led recovery.


Featured Photo: Firefighters work to extinguish flames from the Mosquito Fire as it burns in Foresthill in Placer County, California, U.S., September 7, 2022 by REUTERS/Fred Greaves

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