(PNS) Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is working with mid councils and churches in California to address wildfires currently raging as well as the long-term impact of recent fires
“We have reached out to the Presbytery of the Redwoods to offer assistance,” a post on PDA’s Facebook page said addressing the Kincaid Fire, which has more than 200,000 people under evacuation orders in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco. “First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa, Presbyterian Church of the Roses and First Presbyterian Church of Petaluma have been taking in evacuees. We thank the presbytery and their churches for faithfully responding to the needs of their neighbors and lift up these communities in prayer.”
PDA has also been in touch with the Presbytery of the Pacific about the Getty Fire, which is bordered to the north and south by the familiar roads Mulholland Drive and Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. That fire started early Monday morning near the Getty Museum.
California’s increasingly intense wildfire seasons have drawn PDA’s attention west in recent years. As it helps address current disasters, the ministry continues to assist with the aftereffects of previous fires such as the Woolsey Fire, which impacted Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and the Camp Fire, a Northern California blaze that is considered the largest wildfire in California history and the most expensive natural disaster of 2018 in the world.
by Rich Copley, Presbyterian News Service