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Aid for Texas Panhandle Fire Survivors

March 15, 2024


Global Efforts

On February 26, 2024 the Smokehouse Creek Fire ignited and thanks to dry, warm, yet windy conditions—went on to burn more than a million acres of land in Hutchinson County, Texas. Though now contained, it is the largest wildfire ever recorded in the Lone Star State’s history.

With so many households displaced as a result, Tzu Chi USA’s Central Regional office mobilized its disaster response. After initially providing emergency financial assistance to impacted households on March 8, Tzu Chi volunteers from Dallas, TX returned on March 15 to host a second relief distribution in Fritch, TX.

81 households in total received debit cards to spend on their most pressing needs. One survivor, Tyler McCain, explained that “my family and I lost our house and everything inside.” Despite this great loss, Tyler is grateful to receive such practical and heartfelt help: “the donations that you guys have received and collected and have given us… mean everything.”

Watch more in our latest video and donate to support disaster survivors as they recover at


Editor: Hector Muniente
Producer: Ting Fan


emergency financial aid , Disaster Relief , Charity , Disaster , Wildfire , Engaged Buddhism , Compassion in Action , nonprofit organization , Fritch , hutchinson county , texas panhandle , smokehouse creek fire

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