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Red Cross Supports Wildfire First Responders

Beat the Heat one has to go through this alone. Our volunteers are responding to help our friends and neighbors...

The American Red Cross continued to have three shelters open near Idyllwild, Calif., on Thursday supporting 180 people in response to the Mountain fire burning in the San Jacinto Wilderness.

“This is a difficult time for many of our neighbors, but no one has to go through this alone. Our volunteers are responding to help our friends and neighbors affected by the Mountain Fire,” said Maxine Margaritis, regional CEO of the American Red Cross serving Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. “Rest assured that the Red Cross will continue to provide food, shelter and comfort for as long as it is needed.”

According to the Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center, fire crews will continue to build containment lines today. Thunderstorms over the fire are possible this afternoon and could cause erratic winds. Since Monday, the fire has burned over 24,000 acres and is 15 percent contained.

Residents of Apple Canyon and Bonita Vista were allowed to return home on Thursday, but the Idyllwild, Fern Valley and Trails End communities and the San Jacinto State Park Wilderness areas remained under an evacuation notice.

Yesterday in Skagit County, Wash., Red Cross volunteers also fed and hydrated first responders after a brush fire broke out in Big Lake.

“We are very thankful that this brush fire was contained so quickly,” said Melissa Logan, Emergency Services Director for the Mt. Baker Chapter of the Red Cross. “We are also very grateful to the generous Skagit community for helping us to support our amazing first responders. It is always impressive to see the outpouring of giving during times of disaster.”

WILDLFIRE SAFETY With the California fire only slightly contained, people should be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice if ordered to do so. If someone has to evacuate, they should bring the following supplies:

  • A gallon of water per person, per day – 3-day supply.
  • A three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio.
  • First aid kit.
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items.
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
  • Copies of important papers (medications and medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies).
  • Cell phones and charges.
  • Emergency contact information
  • Extra cash.
  • A map of the area.
  • Download the free Red Cross Wildfire App, which features preloaded content giving users instant access to information on what to do before, during and after wildfires – even without mobile connectivity. The latest news from local, state and federal fire agencies is also available in the “Wildfire News” section. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

    About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.