Red Cross responds to Kincade Fire



Smoke from the nearby Kincade Fire mars the California blue sky. Photo by Lindsay Peak, American Red Cross

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[Updated November 4, 2019] More than 400 Red Cross workers alongside government and community partners are providing shelters, meals, health services, comfort and other support for affected residents.

  • More than 6,500 people stayed in Red Cross and community shelters in Northern California. With the lifting of evacuations orders, all shelters have been closed.
  • With partners, the Red Cross has served more than 51,000 meals and snacks, provided more than 2,500 relief items, and made more than 2,800 individual care contacts.
  • This week, at the Local Assistance Center, affected families can meet one-on-one with trained Red Cross caseworkers who will assess their disaster-caused needs, offer recovery information, help with medication and eyeglass replacement and other emergency needs, and referrals to other agencies. Financial assistance is also available to those whose home was destroyed or had major damage.

The Kincade Fire, which has been burning for more than a week fueled by high winds and exceptionally dry weather, has reached more than 77,700 acres (twice the size of San Francisco) in Sonoma County and is now 80% contained. Favorable weather allowed firefighters to make good progress. The fire has destroyed 174 homes and damaged an additional 33 homes. After being forced to leave to get away from the Kincade fire more than a week ago, Sunday the last of the 186,000 Sonoma County residents displaced in an unprecedented evacuation of more than a third of the county’s population finally were allowed to return home. The fire is the largest of the 2019 California wildfire season, and also the largest wildfire ever to occur in Sonoma County.

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