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Cape Girardeau Red Cross sends support to CA wildfire victims


As wildfires rage on, California is in a state of need.

Some support will be headed there on Tuesday from Cape Girardeau.

Sara Gerau, the executive director of the Red Cross in Cape Girardeau, is headed to the drought stricken state to assist with external relations and community partnerships.

Since February, the Red Cross has served 30,000 meals and snacks, distributed 2,200 relief items and opened up 19 shelters in California. 

Right now, firefighters are battling two major wildfires that have scorched more than 200 square miles and destroyed roughly 1,600 homes.

However, those numbers are expected to grow since the about 3,500 homes are still threatened by the blaze.

In total, 84 wildfires are burning out west, consuming more than 2-million acres.

About 30,000 people have had to evacuate their homes.

According to the Red Cross, it will begin distributing food and relief supplies as people begin to return home.

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