Continued coverage of the devastating Ventura County and Los Angeles wildfires, which developed less than two months after Northern California experienced the most deadly wildfire on record, weighs heavy on our hearts. On Monday night in Ventura County, the first and largest blaze, dubbed the Thomas Fire, grew to more than 65,000 acres by Wednesday morning, destroying at least 150 structures in its path.
Additionally, due to powerful Santa Ana winds, a succession of Los Angeles cities have also been—and continue to be—ablaze, including the Skirball fire (Bel-Air), Rye fire (Santa Clarita), Creek fire (Sylmar), and Little Mountain fire (San Bernardino County). As many as 200,000 people have been displaced and on Wednesday morning, Caltrains announced a full closure of the 405 Freeway between the 101 and 10 freeway, one of the busiest and most congested thoroughfares in Los Angeles. Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency, and according to Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorensen, the fires’ growth had been “absolutely exponential.”
As details of the Southern California wildfires continues to unfold, we can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have a fire safety plan of your own to protect yourself and your family.
How You Can Help
We at Partners Trust are rallying behind our Los Angeles and Ventura Country neighbors, including their furry companions, in this time of need. If you would like to show your support, here are a few ways in which you can help:
Checks with “Thomas Fire Fund” in the memo line can be mailed to 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100 Ventura, CA 93003. Text UWVC to 41444 to make a cash donation, call 805-485-6288, or go online to United Way of Ventura County’s website.
The Salvation Army is accepting food and water at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Donate cash by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or visiting the website. Make a donation to redcrossla.org or over the phone by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Make a cash donation to Humane Society of Ventura County through their website or drop off any of the following items at 402 Bryant St. in Ojai: Alfalfa hay, Timothy hay, cat show, rabbit food, flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, water troughs, bottled water, fruit, snacks, hoses, and power generators. A list of evacuation centers and animal shelters for the Creek Fire can be found here (and here for the smaller Skirball Fire).
Donate through a specific verified campaign or through GoFundMe’s Direct Impact Fund to support families who have already lost their homes. Additionally, a campaign has been set-up to help the local horse community, including many affected horses and their caretakers, who is is in dire need of support after the San Luis Rey Downs Fire.