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Advent of Activism 10: California Wildfires

2017 was full of disasters. We can do something about it. Each day in December, we're telling you how to help people or places in need. Welcome to our Advent of Activism.

Fire rages across a Romero Canyon hillside in Montecito, California, north of Santa Barbara on December 12, 2017.

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Fire rages across a Romero Canyon hillside in Montecito, California, north of Santa Barbara on December 12, 2017.

The wildfires raging around California — the biggest is 96,000 hectares and only 25 per cent contained as of Dec. 13 — are turning morning commutes into what looks like a journey through Mordor. They've also displaced thousands from their homes, resulted in damage worth billions of dollars and, in the fall, killed 43 people. Now they're threatening the densely populated area around Los Angeles.

How to help

The Thomas Fire Fund is an emergency-reponse collaboration between the local authorities, Red Cross and United Way.

The Red Cross is in charge of many evacuation shelters for people whose homes are threatened by fire.

Los Angeles Animal Care Foundation is in rescuing animals in the fires' path.

You can also just type "California fire relief" into Google and follow the prompts to donate to the Centre for Disaster Philanthropy.

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