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How to Help Victims of the Southern California Wildfires

Daniel S. Levine


Several charities have stepped up to help the nearly 200,000 people who have been displaced from their homes by raging wildfires in Southern California. Here are ways to contribute:

The Creek Fire threatened 2,500 homes as of Thursday morning, according to Los Angeles County police. That fire covers 14,000 acres and 30 to 50 structures have been damaged. The Rye Fire covers 7,000 acres, while the Skirball Fire caused part of the Interstate-405 freeway to be closed.

CalFire reports that the Thomas Fire in Ventura County has burned 96,000 acres and is only 5 percent contained. An estimated 15,000 structures are threatened and 73 residential structures have already been destroyed.

"This fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got," Gov. Jerry Brown said on Tuesday, when he declared a state of emergency in Ventura County. "It's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so."

Photo credit: Getty / Wally Skalij

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