U.S. Wildfires

The Situation:
A rage of more than a dozen wildfires has consumed parts of California in recent months, with one of the most ferocious in recent history erupting in Northern California. The explosive Valley fire has led to at least one death, displaced more than 10,000 residents and destroyed hundreds of homes. Thousands of acres of land have been destroyed as fire fighters struggle to keep up.

Our Response:
Lutheran Disaster Response, working with the Sierra Pacific Synod and Lutheran Social Services of Northern California, is monitoring the situation and communicating with those impacted. Many that have been impacted by the fires do not have insurance or are underinsured, which will make recovery that much more difficult. We stand ready to provide assistance in the long-term recovery efforts once the fires subside. As many organizations are quick to respond and available to assist, Lutheran Disaster Response will look to fill the long-term needs not met by the government or other organizations. Pastors and ELCA church members are reaching out in prayer, support and compassion, especially in response to the Valley fire. Following any major disaster, recovery is a long-term process, and your prayers and gifts are needed to assist those impacted by the fire to rebuild their homes and their lives.

What you can do:

Pray for those who are evacuated and whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed, grant them peace and healing.

Your gifts are needed now to help with immediate relief. Gifts designated for U.S. Wildfires will be used in full (100 percent) to assist those directly impacted.

To learn more about the situation and the ELCA’s response:

  • Use this bulletin insert to inform your congregation and encourage support.
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  • Check the Lutheran Disaster Response blog.
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