10 fires The Salvation Army is responding to in Southern California
Updated as of Oct. 31, 11 a.m.
As fires continue to break out throughout Southern California, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services teams are serving or on standby to assist at multiple evacuation shelters.
How The Salvation Army is Responding to the Easy Fire
The Salvation Army is responding to the Easy Fire in Simi Valley, California, by serving food at the Thousand Oaks Community Center shelter, beginning with dinner Oct. 30. Teams from the Ventura Corps, Ventura Hope Center and Oxnard Corps are on hand to serve dinner.
The Army is on standby for three other evacuation centers: Rancho Santa Susanna Community Center, Camarillo Community Center and Oxnard College. As of Oct. 30, 189 meals, 103 snacks and 82 beverages were served at the Thousand Oaks Community Center.
The Easy Fire started around 6 a.m. Oct. 30 in Simi Valley. The fast-moving, wind-driven fire had burned nearly three square miles by 6 p.m., and is heading toward Thousand Oaks at zero percent containment, according to Ventura County Fire Department.
How The Salvation Army is Responding to the Getty Fire
In Los Angeles, The Salvation Army Santa Monica and Long Beach Corps are on standby for food service at the two remaining shelters for those affected by the Getty Fire, Palisades Recreation Center and Westwood Recreation Center, as well as the Local Assistance Center.
The Getty Fire broke out shortly after 1:30 a.m. Oct. 28 along the 405 Freeway near the Getty Center. It quickly charred more than 78 square miles, giving some residents only 15 minutes to evacuate their homes.
Near Santa Clarita, California, The Salvation Army is helping those affected by the Tick Fire at the Local Assistance Center (LAC), which opened Oct. 29. As of 2:25 p.m. Oct. 29, three affected households, totaling 10 individuals, have received immediate financial assistance totaling $1,300, including vouchers to The Salvation Army’s Family Stores. The LAC is scheduled to close Nov. 4.
The Tick Fire started Oct. 24 and is estimated at 94 percent containment as of Oct. 30. At its peak, nearly 50,000 residents were forced to evacuate, but eviction orders have been lifted.
How The Salvation Army is Responding to the Hill and Dexter Fires
In Riverside County, California, The Salvation Army Riverside Corps is tentatively serving food at the Patriot High School evacuation center in response to the Hill Fire. The fire broke out around 10 a.m. Oct. 30, prompting evacuations and the closure of the 60 Freeway, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Riverside Corps is also on standby for the Dexter Fire, which burned in Downtown Riverside Oct. 30.
How The Salvation Army is Responding to the Water Fire
Also in Riverside County, The Salvation Army Hemet Corps is on standby at Perris High School evacuation center to respond to the Water Fire, which broke out at 7 a.m. Oct. 30, burning 200 acres before it was contained.
How The Salvation Army is Responding to the Brea, Mureau, Soledad and Whittier Fires
Four fires broke out in Los Angeles County Oct. 30. The Salvation Army is monitoring the Brea, Mureau, Soledad and Whittier fires. The Brea Fire broke out Oct. 30 in Diamond Bar, California, and grew to 16 acres before fire officials contained the blaze.
The Mureau Fire was also reported the morning of Oct. 30, threatening the communities of Calabasas and Hidden Hills, California. Within about an hour, the Los Angeles Fire Department had the fire contained.
Forward progress has stopped for the Whittier Fire, which burned several acres, and the Soledad Fire, which burned 30 acres.
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