Firefighters are battling multiple fires throughout California, including the Carr Fire in Northern California, where the blaze has charred nearly 100,000 acres since it broke out on July 23.
That fire is burning near Redding, about 150 miles north of Sacramento. At least six people have been killed and seven remain missing, according to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.
— CNN (@CNN) July 30, 2018
Direct Relief has reached out to more than two dozen healthcare partners in the surrounding areas to offer assistance, and has also been in communication with the California Department of Health, as well as the California Office of Emergency Services. Direct Relief maintains a standing inventory of items needed during wildfires, such as N-95 masks and respiratory medications, and shipped 1,000 N-95 masks, along with personal care items for evacuees, to the Lake County Health Department. Another 2,400 N-95 masks were also sent to Shasta County’s Health and Human Services Agency.
— Direct Relief (@DirectRelief) August 2, 2018
Beyond the threat from high temperatures, wildfires can exacerbate chronic health issues such as asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems. For those with such conditions, fires deal a harsh combination of smoke, dust and other particulates in the air.
The Carr Fire is one of several wildfires burning throughout California currently. Direct Relief stands ready to assist with those responses and will continue to monitor the impacts.