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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

At this moment, three major wildfires are ripping through the state of California, leaving destruction and heartbreak in their wake. One of these — the Woolsey fire — has charred more than 90,000 acres and is only 20% contained. Together with its smaller Hill fire counterpart, the Woolsey fire has so far destroyed 370 structures, and another 57,000 lay vulnerable in its path. In Southern California where these two fires rage, tens of thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate, just west of Los Angeles.

To the north, the largest of the three blazes — called the Camp fire — is being hailed as the most destructive in state history and one of the deadliest, burning thousands of homes and claiming the lives of up to 80 people. Nearly 1,000 people remain unaccounted for as search and rescuers work endlessly to recover those who are still reported missing.

Our hearts break for the people of California, and we’re doing everything in our power to help. Since the Carr fire this summer, which tragically destroyed 1,000 homes and killed eight people, Mercury One and our partners have remained dedicated to helping first responders as well as those who have been displaced by the fires.

Now, more than ever, we need your help: these fires are far from being contained and this week’s forecast of strong winds and low humidity will only worsen conditions. Please consider donating to Mercury One to help first responders and those whose lives have been turned upside down as a result of these fires. We also ask that you keep everyone involved in the fires in your thoughts and prayers.

Information updated on November 20, 2018.

Sources:

CNN

New York Times

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