Volunteers with the Red Cross from Wisconsin traveled to California to help families displaced by the wildfires. Photographer Heather Fairchild was along and captured these devasting and breathtaking photos.
The Thomas Fire ravaged the mountains and migrants trailer park while the Lemon Farm was spared.
The Ventura Fire Department sprays a fire retardant to contain the fire in the Los Padres National Forest.
In the Ventura suburbs this house was a complete loss as were many on the street as the Thomas Fire had jumped home to home.
In Ventura County this apartment building shows the brutal devastation of the Thomas Fire.
On a ride with Ventura Fire Department into a restricted area of Los Padres National Forest the Thomas Fire is being contained by the brave firefighters.
This little boy from the Lemon Farm trailer park ( all the migrant workers there lost their homes in the Thomas Fire ) plays soccer with a Red Cross Volunteer, Michele Maki for Kaukauna, WI.
This woman traumatized from losing her home and everything she owns to the fire, but hesitant to reach out for help, is assured by Red Cross volunteer, Michele Maki, that the Red Cross serves ALL who are in need regardless of their citizenship status. Trust is gained, and she works with a Red Cross caseworker and hope is restored. In this photo, they share a light moment together.
A young child of a migrant worker who lost everything in the fire, opens gifts donated to the event.