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How to help wildfire victims

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The Valley Fire, about 115 miles west of Sacramento, quickly spread to 50,000 acres by nightfall. The Valley Fire, about 115 miles west of Sacramento, quickly spread to 50,000 acres by nightfall.
The Bute Fire, at around 65,000 acres, burns about 70 miles east of Sacramento. The Bute Fire, at around 65,000 acres, burns about 70 miles east of Sacramento.
Thousands in northern California fled for their lives as brutal wildfires gobbled up their homes by the hundreds Sunday, September 13, 2015. Thousands in northern California fled for their lives as brutal wildfires gobbled up their homes by the hundreds Sunday, September 13, 2015.
Thousands in northern California fled for their lives as brutal wildfires gobbled up their homes by the hundreds Sunday, September 13, 2015. Thousands in northern California fled for their lives as brutal wildfires gobbled up their homes by the hundreds Sunday, September 13, 2015.

By Lauren Lee-Johnson

(CNN) -- A state of emergency is in effect after wildfires have scorched at least 62,000 acres of land in California.

Hundreds of homes across Napa, Lake, Amador and Calaveras counties have been destroyed and thousands of residents have been evacuated. With the sudden impact of the fires, money is what's needed most.

CNN Impact Your World is still in the process of gathering more ways to help, but here is an initial list:

Providing funds

The Lake County Office of Emergency Services is asking those who want to help to consider making monetary donations through the Lake County Local Assistance program. Your donation will go directly toward fire recovery efforts.

Redwood Credit Union has established the Lake County Fire Victims Fund. All of the donations will go directly to aid victims and relief efforts in Lake County communities.

Finding victims

The American Red Cross has a "Safe and Well" website where evacuees can register to let their families know they are safe. If online access is not available, you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Social media helping animals

Many victims are turning to Facebook groups to locate and reconnect lost animals to their owners. Here are a few:

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