Local Red Cross volunteer helps in California fire

Posted at 10:13 PM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-22 00:21:26-05

A local red cross volunteer is on a two week deployment in Northern California helping fire victims of the state's devastating fires.

Bruce Wenigmann is doing a two week deployment in Chico, California to help out victims of the Camp Fire. 

He says he decided to go down because the area was in great need of help with the number of deaths and destruction.

He says he is a spiritual care specialist where he helps people in times of trauma and crisis and provides emotional and spiritual support.

He says his mission is to give people a chance to tell their story and to help them to move forward in their journey toward recovery.

Wenigmann says he's volunteered for two other disasters with the Red Cross, but the scale of destruction, number of deaths and missing people in this fire is far beyond what he's ever seen before. 

"There's grief that people are going through on multiple levels because they lost their homes. They've lost their neighbors, their community and in some cases, have lost people and in some cases have lost people to death," said Bruce Wennigmann

He says the infrastructure there is totally gone and there is no power, water or cell phone service.

He says there is approximately 55 federal, state, county, local, and assorted non profit and faith based organizations down there right now. 

If you would like to help out, you can go to, text CAwildfires to 90999, or call 1-800-red-cross.