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Hawaii Red Cross volunteers deploy for California wildfires

HONOLULU — Eight Hawaii Red Cross volunteers are deployed and additional volunteers are on standby to assist in deadly wildfires that are burning out of control in both northern and southern California, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate.

As many as 100 homes have been destroyed, thousands of people have been evacuated, major roads are closed, thousands are without power, and thousands of additional structures are threatened.

The eight local volunteers are assigned to help with the Kincade wildfire which has burned over 76,000 acres in northern California. Three Big Island Red Cross nurses are working in Disaster Health Services, and five volunteers are working in Shelters (two from Big Island and three from Oahu).

The seven local volunteers are assigned to help with the Kincade wildfire which has burned over 76,000 acres in Northern California. Three Big Island Red Cross nurses are working in Disaster Health Services, and three volunteers are working in shelters (one from Big Island and two from Oahu).

Over 350 Red Cross volunteers are supporting evacuation centers to provide safe refuge for people impacted by these devastating fires. The ARC is also providing meals, health services, comfort and other support for affected residents.

Monday night, over 2,800 people sought refuge from the wildfires in 20 ARC and community evacuation centers across the state for more than 7,700 overnight shelter stays so far.

Along with partners, the ARC has served over 13,800 meals and snacks, distributed over 1,100 relief items, and made more than 1,600 individual-care contacts, including health services such as replacing lost medication and eyeglasses, emotional support and spiritual care.
Source: The Garden Island

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