SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbara-based Direct Relief (DRI) has offered emergency assistance to California’s Office of Emergency Services, the Napa County Public Health Department, and more than 40 health centers and clinics in the affected region.
As of 12:00 p.m. Monday, 14 fire were burning in eight Northern California counties, including Sonoma, Napa, Mendocina and Yuba. Fire officials say at least 1,500 structures have burned in five of those blazes.
The fast-moving fires have burned at least 44,000 acres, claiming at least one life, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to issue an emergency proclamation for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties Monday.
The emergency declaration authorizes the deployment of California’s National Guard.
Several evacuation centers have been set up, but many have already reached capacity.
Health officials say wildfires can exacerbate chronic health problems such as asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems. For those with such conditions, fires deal a harsh mix of smoke, dust and other particulates in the air.
Direct Relief maintains an inventory of fire-related items including N-95 particulate masks, inhalers, nebulizers and personal care items for wildfire events, which are available to partners upon request.
In Southern California, a destructive 500-800 wildfire quickly spread in 25 mph winds and has burned at least a handful of homes in the Anaheim HIlls neighborhood.
Fire officials say the Canyon Fire 2 is threatening nearby communities.
It is unclear if DRI is sending resources to Southern California as well.
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