Lowcountry Red Cross volunteers headed to California to help with wildfires

Maricruz Casares
Diciembre 8, 2017

The Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross is sending a volunteer from Tucson to assist with the Southern California wildfires Thursday morning. The waiving of the change fees covers Hawaiian and code-share flights. Information also is available at the airline's website at hawaiianairlines.com.

According to the Red Cross, since August, more than 115 volunteers from our area have been deployed to disaster areas throughout the country.

"That's what we do in the red cross, compassionate people, compassionate volunteers", disaster program manager Tony Guerra said.

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The fires are threatening thousands of homes and evacuations have been ordered for 140,000 residents. The Thomas, Creek and Rye fires have burned around 80,000 acres as of Wednesday.

The nonprofit Red Cross is working alongside partners to provide shelter, food and comfort for people forced to leave their homes with little notice because of the wildfires. Officials said risky conditions are expected to threaten the region for much of this week. Overnight Wednesday, nearly 430 people took refuge from the fires in seven Red Cross shelters.

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