September 25, 2020 | 8:50 a.m.
Springfield, Mo. 2020 has been the most active fire season on record for the West Coast. More than 5,000,000 acres have burned in California, Oregon, and Washington so far, and more than 18,000 fires have been detected to date. To put that in perspective, less than 10,000 fires were detected in 2015 and less than 4,000 were detected in 2001.
In California alone, more than 17,000 firefighters have been attempting to control the fires. Unfortunately, meteorologists are predicting a third heatwave to develop as October begins.
Convoy of Hope has served more than 23,000 people along the West Coast with 15 loads of supplies. That equates to more than half a million pounds of water, food, blankets, and other products. As fires continue to burn, we are committed to helping those affected as much as we can for as long as we can.
September 17, 2020 | 4:40 p.m.
Springfield, Mo. As fires continue to rage across the West Coast, Convoy of Hope has deployed our fleet and brought dozens of loads of relief supplies to communities in need. Along with our church partners throughout the region, we are serving evacuation centers and neighborhoods where people are coming back after fires have passed through their communities.
This is a developing situation, so we will update this page as we have more information. As always, you can donate to this response by clicking here.
September 15, 2020 | 3:40 p.m.
Springfield, Mo. Wildfires continue to burn along the West Coast. At least 25 people have died in California from the fires, at least 10 people have been killed in Oregon, and a child was killed by the fires in Washington. According to IQAir, a group which tracks global air quality, the West Coast now has the worst air quality in the world right now.
Convoy of Hope is still sending tractor-trailers filled with water and supplies to help those who have either lost homes or don’t have access to food and supplies because of the fires. Here is an update from Convoy of Hope President Hal Donaldson.
September 10, 2020 | 3:00 p.m.
Springfield, Mo. Convoy of Hope’s response to the fires along the West Coast is underway. Having already supplied blankets and water in the area, we are sending additional trucks of food, water, and other supplies to the affected area.
Numerous fires in California, Washington, and Oregon are still uncontained and are threatening populated areas. At least seven deaths have been reported, and millions of acres have been burned by the fires.
Our local partners will be rapidly distributing supplies to those who have been affected or displaced by the fires.