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California Wildfires

"This is one of  the worst disasters I've ever seen in my career, hands down," - FEMA  Administrator Brock Long

The 2018 wildfires in California were the deadliest and most destructive in the state's history. Vulnerable families lost their homes, their livelihoods, and their hopes for the future. In the immediate aftermath and in response to an urgent request by the Butte County School District, International Relief Teams provided funding for textbooks for students in Butte County who lost all of their school supplies in the fires. The Camp Fire alone destroyed 6 school, damaged 8 schools and affected nearly 4,000 students.

Now, IRT is planning to begin rebuilding homes in Keswick, California. The tiny town nestled between the cities of Redding and Shasta was completely destroyed by the Carr Fire in July and August of 2018. 179 families lived in Keswick before the fire. All but two lost their homes. Keswick is a poor community where the median income is under $20,000 a year. Many residents do not have sufficient funds to rebuild their homes.

*Photo Credits: Noah Berger/AP (above), Jessica Christian/The Chronicle (thumbnail image on previous page)

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