BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
WASHINGTON, D.C - Over 70,000 wildfires occur every year, burning roughly 7 million acres of state, federal, tribal and private land nationwide. As of October, California has experienced 8,766 fires, and the number continues to increase as even more wildfires break out in Southern California. As many as 200,000 residents have been evacuated, and over 14,000 homes have burned to the ground. The American Red Cross is making sure that those impacted by the wildfires have a place to stay, food to eat, and a shoulder to lean on.
"The situation is rapidly evolving with new fires starting and new evacuation orders seemingly every hour. And the threat isn't over. The region faces extreme fire danger for the next several days. It's our objective to be fully prepared to help where needed," explained Brad Kieserman, vice president, Disaster Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. "Right now, Red Cross volunteers are working alongside partners to ensure everyone gets the best possible help during this challenging time."
Governor Edmund G. Brown of California has announced that the White House has accepted California's call for direct federal assistance to help eliminate the wildfires burning up and down Southern California. "California is grateful for the quick approval of our request and the ongoing efforts of local, state and federal emergency responders to protect communities across Southern California," explained Governor Brown.
Shawn W. Anderson