As of Tuesday, 17 wildfires continue to roll throughout Northern California. Fifteen people have been confirmed killed and thousands have been displaced from their homes.
While people scramble to connect with their loved ones, the widespread power outage in affected areas is making it more challenging for many to find their family and relatives. Cal Fire reports that at least 200,000 people in Napa County are without power.
The Red Cross has opened 11 evacuation centers throughout the area for both shelter and food. More than 2,400 people have already volunteered with the organization to help out, according to a Red Cross spokesperson. Food pantries and animal shelters are also receiving donations.
PHOTOS: As Fires Continue, Evacuees Hope for the Best 11 October,2017Michelle Cheng
Michelle Cheng is an on-call interactive producer at KQED. She has written for FiveThirtyEight, Forbes, and MIT Technology Review. She received her undergraduate degree at Boston University — but doesn’t miss the cold. Prior to becoming a journalist, she was a competitive dancer. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @mbcheng15.