As most of you know, there have been fires breaking out all over Southern California. Most of the fires near where I live are 80-95% contained, but the largest fire, the Thomas Fire, is only 10% contained and has grown to 230,000 acres. Now, the 5th largest fire in California history. I have been trying to refrain from posting superficial nonsense on my blog while these fires are burning through peoples towns and homes, so Blogmas was put on hold. During awful events like these my heart is so heavy, hurting for each and every one of the people affected. I can't even imagine what these people are going through, they have lost their home, photos, clothes, beds, cars, everything. Many families won't be spending the holidays at their home - put your self in their shoes. If you can help, please please please help. I have added the stats and links below.
I have a tremendous amount of respect and love for all the firefighters, police officers and officials out there on the front lines risking their lives for our safety and containment. Always remember to tell the ones you love how much you love them. Next time you see your loved ones give them a bigger hug than the last, you never know what's going to happen.
Thomas Fire - Ventura, CA is now 230,000 acres and 10% contained
Rye Fire - Rye Canyon Loop, west of Valencia (Los Angeles County) is now 6,049 acres and 93% contained.
Creek Fire - North of Lake View Terrace, within Los Angeles City limits, The Angeles National Forest and within Los Angeles County is at 15,619 acres and 95% contained.
Skirball Fire - Northbound San Diego (I-405) Freeway and Mulholland Drive, Bel Air Area is at 422 acres and 85% contained.
Liberty Fire - Los Alamos Rd & Liberty Rd, in an unincorporated area of Murrieta (Riverside County) Fire is now 100% contained at 300 acres.
Lilac Fire - Off Old Hwy 395 at Dulin Road, Bonsall (San Diego County) is now 4,100 acres and 75% contained.
Thomas Fire Fund
- The United Way of Ventura County, American Red Cross of Ventura County, and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services have teamed up to create the Thomas Fire Fund
- Text UWVC to 41444 to make a cash donation, call 805-485-6288, or go online to United Way of Ventura County's website.
- Checks with "Thomas Fire Fund" in the memo line can be mailed to 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100 Ventura, CA 93003.
The Salvation Army
- The Salvation Army is accepting food and water at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
- You can donate cash by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or visiting the website.
The Red Cross
- The Red Cross of Los Angeles will update its social media accounts with information about volunteer opportunities.
- Make a cash donation on redcrossla.org or over the phone by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
The Humane Society Of Ventura County
- The Humane Society of Ventura County has taken in over 100 animals.
- Drop off any of the following items at 402 Bryant St. in Ojai: Alfalfa hay, Timothy hay, cat chow, rabbit food, flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, water troughs, bottled water, fruit, snacks, hoses, and power generators.
- Donate food and water for volunteers, or make a cash donation on HSVC's website.
Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation
- Donate to Noah's Legacy Fund, which provides supplies, training, and equipment to first responders charged with rescuing animals from areas stricken by natural disasters.
- Mail donations to P.O. Box 100515, Pasadena, CA 91189-0515 or through the LACACF website.
- Dozens of families who've already lost their homes have turned to GoFundMe for donations.
- Here is a list of all the verified campaigns.
- Santa Barbara-based organization Direct Relief is donating 100% of designated funds to victims of the wildfires.
- Donate money for supplies online and make sure you direct your donation to " Southern California Wildfires."