The Springs fire in Ventura County, California has destroyed over 10,000 acres, and residents in the immediate area have been evacuated. This includes parishioners from Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo, California.  Father Gary Kyriacou, pastor of Saint Demetrios, has been in contact with His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos informing him that several parishioners’ homes are threatened by the fire, but thankfully no injuries or loss of property have yet been reported amongst the congregation. With extreme winds and high temperatures, the fire has been difficult to contain, and more adverse weather conditions throughout the weekend are expected to contribute to further damage.

“We pray for the safekeeping of everyone in Ventura County and for the well-being and strength of those who are fighting the fires. In addition, we call to mind all the faithful whose homes and livelihoods are threatened by this fire and extend our prayers, support and love to them during this time of need,” stated His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos. “It is our fervent prayer that the Lord may stretch forth His mighty hand and calm the winds, diminish the fires, and protect the homes and land from any further loss.”

Partial containment of the fire is not expected until Monday, with full containment anticipated by May 13. The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco will communicate additional information on this situation as it affects the parish of Saint Demetrios and its faithful. Your prayers are requested and greatly appreciated.