Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance
Multiple wildfires continue to burn across California, including three major fires surrounding the Bay Area. The SCU Fire, affecting the East Bay Area, has burned over 360k acres and is only 15% contained. The CZU Fire, affecting South Bay and Santa Cruz areas, has burned over 78k acres and is only 17% contained. Meanwhile, the LNU Fire, in Sonoma and Napa Counties, is over 350k acres, with 27% containment. Across the three incidents, more than 1500 structures have been damaged or destroyed.
Week of Compassion is in touch with churches and partners across the state. We have learned of two Disciples churches with members who have been evacuated. With smoke blanketing the Bay Area, Disciples pastors are staying in touch with congregants and some are packed and ready to evacuate at any moment.
We also continue to monitor Hurricane Laura. After moving into the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storm Laura began intensifying and reached hurricane status Tuesday morning. Intensification is expected to continue, with a forecast landfall on Wednesday or Thursday as a major hurricane along the upper Texas or southwest Louisiana coast. Voluntary and mandatory evacuations are in place for several counties and parishes, while others are preparing to shelter in place. At least six Disciples congregations are within the mandatory evacuation zones, with more than dozen others in the forecast path. Disciples Crossing Camp and Retreat Center has agreed to offer shelter to evacuated Disciples, as needed.
This storm comes three years to the day after Hurricane Harvey (Aug. 25-30, 2017) devastated the same region of Southeast Texas. Week of Compassion remains in touch with church leaders and partners in the area. Please join us in prayer for those in the path of the storm, those affected by the fires, and those providing leadership and preparation during this time.
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