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Help Wildfire Victims

Help Wildfire Victims

Wildfires are among nature's most feared phenomena, often starting unnoticed, spreading quickly, and igniting brush, trees, and the homes of humans, and of an enormous variety of plants and animals.

Wildfires live and die by the land, fuel, and weather that surround them. Wind, low rainfall amounts, and ongoing drought conditions have created tinderboxes across hundreds of acres of U.S. forestland.

The 2004 wildfire season is off to an early start to what could be the worst season ever. Last year’s fires blazed through much of the western U.S., including states like Arizona, New Mexico, and California, leaving thousands of people displaced from their homes. This year, the latest blazes in Southern California sprang to life three weeks earlier than last year amid ideal conditions for wildfires: little rain and higher-than-normal temperatures.

Use the resources below to help the victims of wildfires and those organizations that support fire prevention and relief efforts.

Click on the Fire Danger Map to locate fire potential conditions and locations of current U.S. wildfires.
Watch the following PSA from the Firewise public service advertising campaign.
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Make A Donation
Send help locally to the communities affected by wildfires. Use these tools to find local chapters of the Red Cross:

American Red Cross
Find a local chapter.
Learn More

Your gift can help organizations working to prevent and respond to wildfires.

Support one of the following, or search for other related charities.

American Forests - Wildfire ReLeaf
Every $1 will plant two trees.
Donate

American Red Cross
Disaster services and relief.
Donate

Humane Society of the U.S
Emergency preparedness for pets.
Donate

Salvation Army
Local, regional, and national disaster relief programs.
Donate

Be A Volunteer
Share your time with organizations that work to prevent wildfires and provide disaster relief services.

Volunteer with one of these organizations or search for opportunities.

Citizen Corps
Join your community's Emergency Response Team.
Volunteer

Disaster News Network
Volunteer Opportunities.
Volunteer

National Park Service
Volunteer in our national parks.
Volunteer

USDA Forest Service
Work for the great outdoors.
Volunteer

Speak Out
Do your part to prevent wildfires - be aware! Visit the sites below for tips and resources.

American Red Cross
Wildfire Safety.
Speak Out

FEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Speak Out

Firewise
Information on living in fire-prone areas.
Speak Out

National Interagency Fire Center
Current wildland fire information.
Speak Out

National Parks Service
FireNet.
Speak Out

USDA Forest Service
Caring for land, serving people.
Speak Out

FOR KIDS: Smokey the Bear
Only you can prevent forest fires.
Speak Out

FOR KIDS: FEMA for Kids
Wildfires.
Speak Out

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