Thousands of families have had to evacuate areas all over Southern California due to a collection of wildfires that have destroyed more than 200 homes all over Los Angeles and Ventura counties and are continuing to spread.

On Thursday, with dry weather and powerful winds blowing in from nearby Santa Ana, firefighters battled new fires, with one appearing in Malibu, another emerging near San Diego that destroyed 20 buildings, and another in Murrieta. Hundreds of schools have been shuttered and are expected to be closed the rest of the week. Strong winds in the area are not expected to dissipate soon, and conditions may worsen in the next few days.

If you would like to help, here are a few organizations that are accepting donations to care for families and animals in need of supplies and shelter.

Thomas Fire Fund

The Thomas Fire is the largest blaze of the all major fires currently active in Southern California. The United Way of Ventura County, American Red Cross of Ventura County and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services have joined forces to collect monetary donations.

You can offer help by texting UWVC to 41444, visiting the United Way of Ventura County’s website or calling …read more


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