Red Cross deploys 5 Alaskan volunteers to California wildfires

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The American Red Cross of Alaska has deployed five volunteers to assist people displaced by the California wildfires.

The volunteers come from Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula, Fairbanks and Delta Junction, according to Cari Dighton, the regional communications officer of the American Red Cross of Alaska.

The Alaskan volunteers are working to support the estimated 240,000 people displaced by the fires that have burned more than 200,000 acres.

Dighton says that the Alaskan volunteers are working in health services and family reunification. She expects that more volunteers, who are typically posted for a minimum of two weeks, will be mobilized from Alaska in the next few days.

At least 23 people have died and more than 6,000 homes have been destroyed by the fires which could become the most devastating in California's history.

People compelled to volunteer can visit the local Red Cross website and also donate specifically to the California wildfires.