How to help SoCal fire victims

Though buffeted by strong winds and occasional power outages, Palm Springs has escaped the fires that are ravaging other parts of Southern California. The greatest impact so far has been in the Ventura County area, where thousands are at least temporarily homeless.

A Thomas Fire Fund has been created by the United Way of Ventura County, American Red Cross of Ventura County and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services. United Way of Ventura County is accepting donations online or by texting UWVC to 41444. You may also call 805-485-6288.

The latest fire information is available from the Los Angeles City Emergency Management Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department.

High wind warning

For the Palm Springs area, high wind warnings remain in effect until late this afternoon, with east to northeast winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 50 to 60 mph at times, according to the National Weather Service.

Strongest winds are expected below the Cajon Pass, along coastal slopes of the Santa Ana Mountains, and along and below the San
Diego County coastal mountain slopes and foothills, with blowing dust possible in areas of strong winds, creating hazardous travel for high-profile vehicles.