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Dec 27, 2013 1:45 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Direct Relief sends medical supplies to help in aftermath of fire

Direct Relief, based in Santa Barbara, is sending supplies to Salinas to help people affected by the recent fire in Big Sur.

Even though the fire was contained last Friday, Direct Relief says its clinic partner in the area has seen an increase in people with respiratory illnesses having trouble because of the poor air quality.

The shipment was being overnighted on Friday. The supplies include inhalers, particulate masks and allergy medications.

Direct Relief says, because of the constant threat of wildfires in California, it has begun keeping such items in stock, so they can be ready to ship out at a moment's notice.

The fire in Big Sur burned more than 900 acres and destroyed 34 homes. The cause remains under investigation.

Click here to learn more about Direct Relief and to make a donation.

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