California Wildfires: Fast Facts

Deadly wildfires in California have claimed dozens of lives and displaced thousands of people. Learn more about the wildfires and how you can help survivors in their path.


1. The California wildfire death toll stands at more than 80.

Many Californians are struggling in the wake of two major wildfires. Camp Fire, north of Sacramento, and Woolsey Fire, near Los Angeles, started in early November and intensified several days later. Combined, they’ve claimed the lives of more than 80 people. Camp Fire is now deemed the deadliest wildfire in California’s history, and authorities are still searching for some 200 missing people.
Source: The Sacramento Bee

2. The fires’ path of destruction is massive.

The Camp Fire has destroyed more than 13,000 homes, scorching more than 153,000 acres—an area the size of Chicago. The town of Paradise, a retirement community of about 27,000, was decimated by the Camp Fire and bore the brunt of the losses. Woolsey Fire has burned more than 96,000 acres.
Source: USA Today

3. Damage from the fast-moving wildfires is extensive.

Californians have compared fire-affected neighborhoods to war zones. Thousands of homes and structures have burned to the ground. On highways, people were forced to abandon their cars and run from fast-moving flames. Vital infrastructure, including bridges, has been destroyed. Thousands of people are displaced in shelters, and California officials are concerned about the lack of long-term housing options for affected Californians.
Source: CBS News

4. GlobalGiving partners are already on the ground, providing food, shelter, and other emergency services to survivors.

The Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving is working with community foundations and longstanding partners, including Jake’s Diapers and World Central Kitchen, to meet the immediate needs of California wildfire survivors and first responders. Once urgent needs are meet, the GlobalGiving California Wildfire Relief Fund will transition to support community-led, long-term recovery efforts.
Source: GlobalGiving California Wildfire Relief Fund

5. Cash is the best way to help people affected by the California wildfires.

Survivors’ needs vary greatly from disaster to disaster and even day to day. You can learn more about how to help people affected by the California wildfires in this infographic about the importance of cash donations to community-led, vetted organizations in the aftermath of wildfires.
Source: GlobalGiving + USAID Center for International Disaster Information

Make a donation to GlobalGiving’s California Wildfire Relief Fund. Your donation will support wildfire survivors.


Featured photo by Reuters. Please note: This article was originally published on Nov. 16, 2018 and last updated on Nov. 27, 2018.
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