Local Red Cross member to deploy to California as wildfires ravage homes


(WJHL) — American Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Sharon Dixon of Bristol, Virginia, is on track to helping families who have been displaced due to the ongoing wildfires and evacuations in California.

Dixon will take off from Tri-Cities Airport at 2:30 p.m. Friday and anticipates a two-week deployment as a sheltering supervisor.

The wildfires that continue blazing across thousands of acres have prompted thousands to leave behind their homes as crews fight to contain the flames.

Cal Fire reports numerous wildfires across the state with an estimated 579,614 acres destroyed and damage to nearly 400 structures.

Since the western wildfire season began in June, the Red Cross has provided more than 600 overnight stays and more than 4,300 meals. The agency said these numbers continue to increase as the fires rage on.

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