Intense heat in the western United States has fueled a number of wildfires. Over 40 fires continue to burn in California. About 630,000 acres have burned between Jan. 1 and Aug. 5.
The Mendocino Complex Fire has burned over 300,000 acres, growing significantly since its onset. It has now bypassed last year's Thomas Fire to become the largest the state has ever encountered.
Combined, the two fires have damaged or destroyed around 2,000 homes and other structures; over 6,000 are still threatened. Mandatory evacuations are still in place for thousands of people while first responders work to contain the fires.
Lutheran Disaster Response is working with Lutheran Social Services of Northern California and the Sierra Pacific Synod to respond to this fire. As the fire is still raging, we continue to assess the ever-changing situation to determine the best ways to respond. Your gifts will help us deliver a robust response to address needs in the devasted communities..
Gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response designated for "U.S. wildfires" will be used to help those affected by wildfires until the response is complete. Together, we can help provide immediate and long-lasting support. Give today to support this response and others like it.
What you can do:
Please pray for the people who have been affected by wildfires in California. May God's healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need. Pray that God will deliver comfort to those who mourn the loss of loved ones and strength to those who are working diligently to contain the fires and care for affected communities.
Gifts to "U.S. Wildfires" will be used to assist those affected by the wildfires until the response is complete.
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