Local volunteer helps Californians cope with wildfires

Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 10:02 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - As thousands of firefighters are battling to put out the massive wildfires burning in the West folks from the two-state region are doing what they can to help.

The South Carolina Red Cross has 36 volunteers working both on the West Coast and on the Gulf Coast to help with recovery from Hurricane Laura.

Edgefield County resident Marcia Bergtholdt is among the volunteers sent to help out in Oregon and California.

She talked with News 12 from her hotel room in Madera, Calif., where she says the situation is dire for many families.

“Extremely difficult for these people leaving in mass numbers. One family told me over a loudspeaker they had to get out right now and there was a helicopter landing in his yard to evac him,” she said.

“To think about what’s going up and down the West Coast, it’s just horrific. I think it’s the saddest thing I’ve seen is following people to fires and just seeing how tragic it is what they have to deal with.”

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