This week we have seen the devastation in California due to wildfires. The Camp Fire in Northern California foothills and the Woolsey and Hill fires northwest of Los Angeles started last Thursday. According to National Geographic, as of late Monday, the fires had burned a combined 215,000 acres and counting. The death toll as of Tuesday has reached 44, and many are worried that number will continue to grow. With all of the tragedies and devastation, our hearts go out to California.
The fire is being blamed on the humid atmosphere and the drought that has taken over the state for the past few years. With such a dry fall, the fire was able to spread faster than normal.
The Humane Society of Ventura County has taken in many displaced animals throughout the past week. They have received donations from big celebrities, such as Sandra Bullock, to cover the cost of the increase in animals. From horses, cattle, dogs, and even a tortoise, they are making a difference in their community by opening up their doors to the animals. They are asking for volunteers to help with the horses, but still have room to take in more animals.
In terrible situations like this, we search for silver linings in stories. When neighbor helps neighbor, communities come together, and companies reach out to help in any way they can.
This Toyota Tundra truck made not one life-saving trip to help out the neighborhood, but two. Nurse Allyn Pierce made two trips to help evacuate the local hospital and transfer patients to safety. After the photo went viral, Toyota reached out to reassure the nurse and show their gratitude. Toyota was humbled that Allyn risked his own life, twice, to save patients. In honor of his character, Toyota is replacing his truck for free. Although the truck was still running, the exterior was completely damaged. We love seeing uplifting stories and heroes arise from tragedies.
California Fire recognizes all of the state partners who have helped out with current fire rescue efforts.