US How to Help the Victims of the California Wildfires

23:24  07 december  2017
23:24  07 december  2017 Source:   time.com

Man dies of injuries, raising wildfires death toll to 44

  Man dies of injuries, raising wildfires death toll to 44 SANTA ROSA, Calif. — A man who was badly burned in deadly wildfires in Northern California died of his injuries, raising the death toll to 44.San Francisco radio station KQED reports 41-year-old Michel Azarian died Sunday at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento where he was being treated for extensive burns.Azarian's friend, Khachik Papanyan, tells the radio station that Azarian was an engineer who loved photography and hiking and had moved to Santa Rosa two years ago for a new job.Papanyan says it appears Azarian tried to take shelter in a small clearing near his home.

Wildfires sweeping through southern California have forced more than 200,000 people to evacuate their homes. All our family heirlooms — it’s not sort of gone, it’s completely gone.” Here’s where you can make Thomas fire donations to help victims in California .

How to Help the Victims of California 's Devastating Wildfires . About 40,000 people remain evacuated, according to Cal Fire , but scores of heartbroken residents have returned to their communities to find nearly everything turned to ash.

a man wearing a helmet: Santa Barbara PIO Mike Eliason watches as a home between Via Baja and Foothill goes up in flames Tuesday midday after the fast-moving, wind-fueled Thomas fire swept through Ventura County. © Al Seib—LA Times via Getty Images Santa Barbara PIO Mike Eliason watches as a home between Via Baja and Foothill goes up in flames Tuesday midday after the fast-moving, wind-fueled Thomas fire swept through Ventura County.

Wildfires sweeping through southern California have forced more than 200,000 people to evacuate their homes. The largest blaze, the Thomas fire, has already burned through 90,000 acres, and threatens to spread further as 80-mph winds fan its flames.

There have been no reports of any deaths so far, but more than 150 homes have been destroyed in Ventura County alone. (Other affected counties include Los Angeles, while red-flag warnings have been issued for various counties throughout California.) That fire, called the Ventura Fire, has been burning since Monday.

Lawmakers look at warning failures in California wildfires

  Lawmakers look at warning failures in California wildfires The failure of cellphone and other privately owned systems crippled emergency-warning efforts during California's deadly October wildfires, and the state lacks authority to order those companies to strengthen their systems against disasters, the state's top emergency manager said Monday. Mark Ghilarducci, director of the state Office of Emergency Services, was among several who testified at a legislative hearing investigating the failures of emergency-warning systems during the recent Northern California fires.The fires killed 44 people and destroyed nearly 9,000 homes and other structures.

Hundreds of thousands of Southern Californians are evacuating and at least 200 homes have been destroyed as a series of wildfires ravages the region. Here’s how to help the residents, first responders, and animals in need.

Devastating wildfires are continuing to burn in areas of Southern California — and hundreds of thousands of people are in need of help . Here’s how you can support the fire victims and evacuees

“We got knots in our stomach coming back up here,” Lisa Kermode, who was forced to evacuate her home in Ventura, told the Associated Press. “We lost everything, everything, all our clothes, anything that was important to us. All our family heirlooms — it’s not sort of gone, it’s completely gone.”

Here’s where you can make Thomas fire donations to help victims in California.

Thomas Fire Fund

The website of the Thomas Fire Fund, set up by a coalition of emergency service groups, was down on Wednesday due to server overload. However, you can still make Thomas fire donations by texting “UWVC” to 41444 or calling 805-485-6288.

Salvation Army

You can donate to the Salvation Army’s Ventura relief fund online or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

UCLA cancels basketball game vs. Montana over wildfire concerns

  UCLA cancels basketball game vs. Montana over wildfire concerns <p>UCLA has canceled its men's basketball game Wednesday against Montana at Pauley Pavilion because of concerns over wildfires in the area.</p>

Wildfires in California 's wine country have left at least 11 people dead and destroyed more than 1,500 structures, including houses, wineries, and resorts. How To Help Fire Victims In Northern California .

Fast-moving wildfires spread devastation and desperation in Northern California . So far, more than 75,000 people have evacuated. Dozens are dead.

American Red Cross

The greater Los Angeles region division of the Red Cross has opened three centers for evacuees to seek shelter. You can make donations online or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Verified GoFundMe campaigns

GoFundMe has set up an official list of campaigns people have set up to collect donations for their own rebuilding efforts, after having their homes devastated by the California fires.

Officials determine cause of one of California's devastating wildfires .
422-acre Skirball Fire, which broke out at 4:50 a.m. Dec. 6, destroyed six homes, prompted evacuations and injured at least two firefightersLOS ANGELES -- The devastating blaze that broke out in the densely-populated Sepulveda Pass area last week was caused by a cooking fire, authorities announced Tuesday. The Los Angeles Fire Department stated that arson investigators determined the Skirball Fire -- which broke out in the early-morning hours of Dec. 6 -- was caused by a cooking fire at an encampment in a brush area near the Sepulveda Pass and the 405 Freeway.

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