Wildfires prompts Red Cross to issue call for donations

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Explosive wildfires are devastating communities across the Western United States, causing extreme danger and forcing thousands of people to leave their homes. Significant activity is occurring in Oregon, California, and Washington while additional fires are also burning in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.

These unprecedented and disastrous wildfires have now scorched millions of acres and hundreds of thousands have been evacuated from their homes. It’s heartbreaking that several towns have already suffered significant and possibly catastrophic destruction.

Red Cross volunteers are helping at many temporary evacuation points, getting wildfire evacuees checked in and identifying what help they may need. (Contributed photos)

Even as the fires continue to threaten, Red Cross disaster responders are working side by side with partners and local officials to ensure those in need have a safe place to stay and receive comfort in the days ahead.

Across the impacted western states, and with the help of partners, the Red Cross:

* Has served more 78,300 meals and snacks to people in need.

* Nearly 1,600 trained Red Cross disaster workers have been mobilized to support relief efforts.

* More than 70,000 overnight shelter and hotel stays have been provided.

* Volunteers have provided more than 10,600 individual care contacts to help people with medical or disability needs or provide emotional and spiritual support during this challenging time.

To donate by phone, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or online, visit  www.redcross.org/donate/western-wildfires-donations.