CALIFORNIA & PACIFIC NORTHWEST WILDFIRES 2020
UPDATED THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 3:19 PM EST
Matthew 25: Ministries is responding with truckloads of aid to partners on the West Coast in response to the wildfires currently raging across large parts of the region. So far, we have sent 7 truckloads containing more than 185,000 pounds of supplies to help those who have been affected by these devastating fires. These shipments included personal care items, cleaning supplies, diapers, laundry detergent, batteries and other much-needed supplies. We will be sending more shipments in the coming weeks and will continue to help as long as there is a need.
The historic infernos have burned over 3 million acres. Hundreds of these fires were started by lightning. Now seasonal high winds are helping to spread them across a vast region. As of last weekend, firefighters were fighting 100 major fires across three states — California, Washington and Oregon.
Tens of thousands of people have been told to evacuate. The National Weather Service has issued air quality alerts for parts of at least six states: California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado and New Mexico. Approximately 8 million people in parts of California, southern Oregon, Montana, and southern Utah are under red flag weather warnings for lightning and erratic winds. The death toll from the current wildfires has risen to at least 33.
The 2020 wildfire season has not yet reached its peak but has already surpassed records from previous years. Of the 20 largest wildfires in California’s history, six are currently burning across the West Coast region.
Matthew 25 has responded to wildfires in California on several previous occasions including those in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Matthew 25 will continue working with partners to assess the ongoing needs of affected communities. We will continue to provide aid as long as related needs exist and we are able to meet those needs efficiently and effectively.