19 things you can do to help California wildfire victims right now

Marsha Scott
November 13, 2018

Horses are tied up at lifeguard stations on Zuma Beach, brought there by their owners to escape the Woolsey Fire, in Malibu, California, November 10, 2018, before being transported to a facility outside the fire zone.

More than 200 Texas firefighters, including some from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, have answered the call to assist in the deadly California wildfires. Whipping winds and tinder-dry conditions threaten areas statewide through the rest of the week, fire officials warned. Jerry Brown said Sunday. We've seen some quite extraordinary scenes and the first in that case moved so quickly that people just did have time to get anything together.

Meanwhile, the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles killed two people and forced more than 275,000 people to leave their homes, bringing the total death toll in the state to 31. Butler posted a photo on Twitter of the charred remains of a Malibu home and thanked firefighters for their courage.

Cyrus expressed gratitude for firefighters and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and encouraged her followers to donate to a half-dozen fire aid and disaster relief organisations.

Miley Cyrus and Neil Young are the latest celebrities to report losing their homes to deadly wildfires that have ravaged California.

"We drove out of the clouds into the sunshine and could see flames on the ridge, consuming everything it was touching", Joanna Garcia, who fled the fire with her family on Thursday, told NBC.

Video 0:47 Drone footage shows the extent of the devastation caused by the wildfire in Malibu.

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Caitlyn Jenner was among the fortunate ones, learning Sunday that her house was spared.

The large mobile home community of Seminole Springs, in the rugged Santa Monica Mountains north of Malibu, appeared devastated. "You don't know if she's safe". Others were in the dark, posting pictures of plumes of smoke and saying their houses were somewhere in there.

Trump, a Republican who has often criticised Democrat-led California on a variety of issues including immigration enforcement, blamed poor forest management by the state for the infernos. Brown told a press briefing that federal and state governments must do more forest management but said that's not the source of the problem.

As well as the historic loss of life, the blaze is also more destructive than any other on record, having razed 6,500 homes in the town of Paradise, effectively wiping it off the map.

Dallas Fire-Rescue committed 20 firefighters to Southern California, and they will work there for at least two weeks. The fire had grown to 177 square miles (303 square kilometres) and was 25 per cent contained, authorities said.

The winds, coupled with very low humidity and a parched, drought-stricken landscape, have turned the Camp Fire into the deadliest in California since 1933.

If you are reading this, you probably want to help. In a tweet, he noted that tens of thousands of acres had been burned and said, "Our hearts are with those fighting the fires, the 52,000 who have evacuated, and the families of the 11 who have died". The Woolsey Fire in Southern California also continues to grow.

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