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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Health worker Reuben Chipelesa of Nkhunga Health Centre in Malawi wears donated PPE from the Covid-19 Action Fund for Africa. (Photo courtesy of Homeline Media)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Direct Relief is equipping health workers responding to coronavirus (COVID-19) in China, the U.S. and around the world with protective gear and critical resources.


Fire Relief

Direct Relief is responding after a series of major fires erupted around the world, including in Australia, the Amazon and throughout the U.S.

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