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Salvation Army responds to massive fire in California

Salvation Army responds to massive fire in California

Salvation Army responds to massive fire in California

29 July 2016

People wait to be served a meal from a Salvation Army emergency response vehicle. Photo: Robert Brennan

By USA Western Territory editorial

Salvation Army members and volunteers have been on the scene during a massive sand fire in Southern California’s Santa Clarita Valley, serving first responders and evacuees.

Under the leadership of Lieutenants Hector and Yasmin Acosta from Antelope Valley and Envoys Jerry and Laura Bloom in Santa Clarita, The Salvation Army has been serving at official evacuation centres. In addition, Salvationists and volunteers have provided meals and refreshments to evacuees, police, firefighters and other first responders along the closed highway into the fire zone.

Almost 3000 firefighters are involved in fighting the fire, which has burned more than 40,000 acres. It has already destroyed 18 houses, threatened 1500 structures, and at one point caused 20,000 residents to be evacuated.

Most people have now returned to their homes, but for those who have been unable to, The Salvation Army is on hand to provide lunch and dinner at an evacuation centre.


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