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Published on Sep 30, 2009
In February of 2009, 60 mph winds, scorching 115 degree heat, and humidity levels around 6 percent ignited wildfires that left destruction over 1.1 million acres of land.
A resort town nestled in a beautiful wooded valley, the community of Marysville was all but destroyed in 26 minutes. A massive heat wave and ferocious wall of fire consumed more than 400 buildings, taking 39 lives, leaving those who survived with nothing.
Lions created a relief distribution center, anchored by two huge warehouses, where volunteers sort, collect, box and load donated goods. The Lions warehouse has become the epicenter of activity, and a place of hope.
Reaching remote Marysville has been difficult. Lions work non-stop, overcoming many obstacles to deliver collected goods and supplies the residents desperately need. With support from Lions Clubs International Foundation and the Lions of Australia Foundation, Lions are continuing to help families and assist in rebuilding these communities.