Thomas Fire

The Thomas fire, one of the largest fires in California's history, started December 4, 2017 and burned 281,893 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

In Brief

  • The Thomas fire burned 1,000 structures throughout Southern California before it was contained on January 12.
  • Direct Relief's response included the included the mass distribution of over 400,000 N-95 masks, in partnership with the SB County Public Health Department
  • Direct Relief also provided cash assistance to support local residents who lost their homes or were excluded from federally-funded assistance programs because of immigration status.

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Active Emergencies

Firefighters battle the Carr Fire in Shasta County last week. Direct Relief is offering respiratory masks and other supplies to healthcare facilities in areas across the state impacted by fires. (Photo courtesy of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)


California Wildfires

Direct Relief is responding to a series of devastating fires burning across its home state of California, providing healthcare agencies and emergency responders in wildfire-affected communities with N-95 masks, medicine and other needed items.


Hurricane Florence

With Hurricane Florence threatening the East Coast, Direct Relief has offered support to more than 200 local healthcare organizations that are currently in the storm’s projected path.

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