Fires prompt Red Cross aid in California

Red Cross volunteer Storm Olund snapped this picture of wildfire smoke from his airplane window on Wednesday. He was heading to Camarillo, California to help in Red Cross aid efforts. (Storm Olund)

Fifteen American Red Cross responders from Oregon and southern Washington were deployed to aid in southern California's wildfires.

The responders were told on Tuesday that their help was need in southern California. This morning, they jumped on a flight to Camarillo, California.

One of the volunteers said that though there is chaos around him, he's witnessed how the community has come together.

"It's certainly hectic," said Storm Olund, a Red Cross volunteer who is currently on scene at Red Cross's facility in Camarillo. "Certainly kind of crazy, but it's also kind of empowering I guess I would say."

He said yesterday, more than 400 people stayed in seven Red Cross shelters over night.

According to Red Cross, nearly 200,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes the the areas surrounding Los Angeles and Ventura, California.

If you would like to donate to or volunteer with the Red Cross, click here.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off