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Wildfires Continue to Burn in California

Web News Article #: 
102-2017

10/27/2017 - On Oct. 8, wildfires ignited in northern California, setting in motion state-wide disaster relief. Over 11,000 firefighter and other emergency workers were mobilized across the state to contain the flames.

These wildfires are predicted to be one of the worst disasters in the state’s history. More than 75,000 people have been evacuated. At least 42 people are dead, with another 60 missing. More than 217,000 acres have been engulfed in the fires. Members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) have been tirelessly fighting the flames.

How you can help

As of this posting, 20 postal employees have lost their homes. To support our postal colleagues who have lost everything to these catastrophic fires, you can contribute to the Postal Employees Relief Fund (PERF) by clicking here.

Relief for postal workers

If you have been affected by the California wildfires, you may be eligible for assistance through the Postal Employees Relief Fund. Click here to apply for assistance.

If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs, you may be eligible for assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program. Click here for more information