The Creek Fire: My Evacuation Story

By Sarah Domier, Red Cross Volunteer  On Tuesday December 5, I was woken up by the sound of loud bangs on my door. I quickly got out of bed and peeked through my window. There were three police cars in my cul-de-sac and I could see two police officers on two different neighbors’ front porches. When my ears had adjusted from the sudden noise and from waking up, I realized that there were helicopters flying very closely over-head, just above...

Safe from the Flames

By Ashley Henyan, Photos by Debi Moraza During the week of December 3-9, George Stanley spent several nights in a Red Cross Evacuation Shelter in Pacoima, in order to escape the deadly flames of the Creek Fire that tore through his neighborhood near Sunland, CA.  He arrived with nothing but the clothes on his back—no cell phone, no glasses and no watch. Having to leave his home left George feeling shocked and physically ill. However, after...

California Wildfires: Creek Fire & Rye Fire

By Digital Communications Manager, Ashley Henyan Red Cross staff and volunteers are responding to help people in the path of fast-moving wildfires threatening communities and forcing people from their homes in Southern California. The Thomas Fire is burning out of control in Ventura County and has already consumed 31,000 acres, and the Creek Fire, which began as a brush fire, is burning near Sylmar, in Kagel Canyon and the Rye Fire is now...

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