CARR Fire Relief Efforts
The scope of damage and pain caused by wildfires raging across the state of California is almost unimaginable. During this record-setting wildfire season, no less than 17 wildfires have burned nearly 600,000 acres of land, and have led to the mandatory evacuation of 15,000 people and counting. Almost as many firefighters — over 14,000 — as well as 2,300 members of the National Guard have been deployed across the state and are attempting to fight the fires.
The Carr fire — one of the worst of the 17 fires raging — has killed at least eight people and is only 51% contained. It broke out in late July due to what officials say was the “perfect combination of weather, rugged topography, and abundant brush and timber turned into tinder by years of drought.” It spread to the city of Redding, devastating the community. Over 181,000 acres of Redding land and have been burned (an area the size of Los Angeles), and countless have been forced to leave their homes and possessions behind as they seek shelter. Many will return to find only scorched earth where their home once stood: Almost 1,600 structures have been destroyed and another 282 have been damaged.
Our hearts break for the people of the Redding community, and for those throughout the state of California who are experiencing devastation as a result of the wildfires. We’re doing everything in our power to help. Mercury One and our partners have been on the scene of the California wildfire since day one, providing hot meals to first responders and those who have been displaced by the fires.
We’ve been working in partnership with two organizations: Operation BBQ Relief, which has been working in conjunction with Guy Fieri and World Central Kitchen to cook up 20,553 meals over 9 days with an average of 18 volunteers serving their community each day. CitiImpact is working with us to send relief supplies to those affected by the Carr fire. We feel blessed to work with such amazing partners who leap into action when disaster strikes. Team Rubicon is responding as well and will be there to assist with the aftermath of the fires.
However, there is still more work to be done. We need your help, now more than ever, as the historically worst months of wildfire season are still to come. Please consider donating to Mercury One to help those in the Redding community. We also ask that you keep everyone involved in the fires in your thoughts and prayers.
Information updated on August 10, 2018.
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