Seven Red Cross of Alaska volunteers are now helping people affected by destructive wildfires sweeping across Southern California, as President Trump declares a state of emergency.

Six major fires are burning from North Los Angeles to the San Diego area. As of Friday night, more than 500 structures had burned. 

Some of the Alaska volunteers are setting up evacuation shelters, while others are doing what's called mass care.

"What that means is things like distributing food, distributing bulk items," said Red Cross of Alaska spokeswoman Lisa Miller. "They also run the registration for our Safe and Well site, so people checking into the shelter can also check in there to let their loved ones know that they're safe and well."

Miller also says another Red Cross volunteer is an emergency medical technician from Fairbanks, who will be working in a first aid station.