The Thomas Fire began burning Monday evening December 4th around 6:20 pm in Ventura County and has already burned more than 25,000 acres, threatening lives and thousands of homes. Tens of thousands are without power in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties as high winds fan flames and threaten high power transmission lines. As of Tuesday, December 5th more than 7,700 homes are under mandatory evacuation orders and high winds are expected to continue.
The Creek Fire also began burning around 6:00pm Monday evening and has burned more than 6,500 acres, threatening thousands of homes with mandatory evacuations in effect. The Rye Fire, also burning in Los Angeles County, has consumed 5,000 acres with 5,090 homes and 370 other structures threatened. Evacuations have been ordered for 2,000 residents. Cal OES Fire, Law Enforcement, and Southern Region personnel are currently working with other response agencies to address all emergency management, law enforcement, evacuation and mutual aid needs for both incidents. The Cal OES Southern Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC) has also been activated to support emergency management operations.
We are raising funds to assist displaced families with clothing, water, hygiene products, baby products and survival essentials.