WEST COAST WILDFIRES 2021
UPDATED MONDAY, JULY 26, 2021 10:20 AM EST
Matthew 25: Ministries is responding to the West Coast wildfires by shipping supplies to partners in California. So far in 2021, Matthew 25 has shipped more than 86,000 pounds of wildfire aid including basic essentials such as bottled water, personal care items, cleaning supplies, diapers, laundry detergent, and batteries.
The fire season in California and across the West is beginning earlier and ending later with each successive year. Warmer temperatures, reduced snowfall and earlier snowmelt continue to produce longer and more intense dry seasons that create conditions vulnerable to fires. In California, more than three times as much land has already burned this year as during the same time span in 2020. To date, there have been more than 5,000 fire incidents and over 233,000 acres burned in California since January 2021.
Matthew 25 has responded to wildfires in California on multiple occasions including those in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2020. Matthew 25 will continue working with partners to assess the ongoing needs of affected communities.