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Blue Cut fire: When natural disasters bring out the best in us

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Available housing is posted at the Red Cross evacuation center for those displaced from their homes by the Valley Fire on September 15, 2015 in Calistoga, Calif. David McNew/Getty Images

As of early this morning, it appeared that firefighters were gaining ground on the Blue Cut fire in San Bernardino. It is now 26 percent contained. 

With 37-thousand acres burned, it is still unclear how bad the damage is, but several structures have been destroyed. But despite the loss that comes with natural disasters, communities in crisis do band together. 

And in this case, nearby residents have pitched in to help those in need. At the height of the fire, 82-thousand residents were under evacuation orders. 

To discuss the ways the community of San Bernardino has been coping, A. Martinez spoke to Angie Baker. She is an evacuee, currently staying in a hotel. She is also a professor of occupational therapy at Stanbridge College. He also spoke to Yevette Baysinger, executive director of the Red Cross San Bernardino chapter. 

To find out how you can help the Blue Cut fire evacuees, click here

To see the latest on the fire, click here.

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