While the deadliest wildfires California has ever experienced continue to burn, Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez and CCC President and Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto are asking for prayer and support for all those affected.
"Friends, the devastation of the wildfires continues — both here in southern California and in the northern part of the state,” said Archbishop Gomez said. “We need to keep praying for those who have lost their lives and their homes and livelihoods, and for all the men and women fighting the fires. May God keep everyone safe and bring these fires under control. We have started a fund to help the victims of these fires. Please offer whatever help you can."
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is providing support to the communities affected by the Woolsey and Hill fires through Catholic Charities of Los Angeles and local parishes and schools. Donations can be made at archla.org/fires.
The deadly Camp Fire in Butte County has already claimed more than fifty lives, and has destroyed more than 7,600 homes and more than 8,800 structures.
“The tremendous loss from the Camp Fire ravaging parts of the diocese is devastating,” said Bishop Soto. “The families in Paradise and the surrounding communities affected by the fire can rely on the support of our prayers. We also pray for the brave men and women responding to this disaster and battling the fires. May all those who have died in this catastrophic inferno be granted eternal repose in the merciful hands of the Lord Jesus.”
Those wishing to help victims of the Camp Fire can donate here. Those in immediate need of temporary shelter, food or assistance fires can contact their parish for support services.