- Active Emergency
- November 01, 2018 -Present
Credit:Photo by Gene Blevins / REUTERS
The Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey Fire in Southern California burned more than 250,000 acres in California in one week – larger than the cities of Boston and Chicago combined. Officials report 87 deaths and nearly 19,500 structures destroyed. The Camp Fire – finally contained after several inches of rain — became the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history, destroying about 11,200 homes and scorched 153,000 acres in Butte County. In addition to the death toll, officials reported dozens as missing, complicating the final assessement of fatalities. More than 47,000 people were evacuated. Evacuation orders were lifted after many days allowing people in communities to return to their homes. Smoke from California’s wildfires caused northern parts of the state to record the worst levels of air quality in the world according to organizations tracking this data. Photo: REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Americares response team was intially based in Sacramento where any physical activity outside was limited due to the air conditions, a situation that is unprecedented in California. Conversations with partners indicated health facilities in fire affected areas were damaged or destroyed. Americares coordinated relief work with partners, including local health partners, the Northern California VOAD, California Office of Emergency Services, and FEMA. Americares team was active with direct local deliveries including masks to a local health facility in Nevada City just as they were running out of stocks provided by the health department. The team also delivered OTC medicines, hygiene items and clean supplies for a shelter in Yuba City. The Nevada City facility was affected by the smoke and made sure all of their patients received masks and provided them for the local volunteer fire department to distribute to survivors throughout the community. Shipments of medicines and medical supplies, including insulin, analgesics and respiratory arrived, supporting a local health center in Yuba City. Additional shipments, including hygiene items and cleanup supplies, followed.