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La Tuna Canyon Fire Update

The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region responded to the La Tuna Canyon Wildfire over Labor Day weekend 2017, from Sept 2-4. In all, three emergency evacuation shelters were opened serving more than 60 people in Sunland, La Crescenta and Burbank. Dozens of Red Cross volunteers staffed the shelters and ensured residents had a safe place to stay, food, water, hygiene items and a shoulder to lean on while they escaped the flames.
Red Cross disaster workers are also responding out west to the numerous wildfires in Oregon, Montana, California and Washington State, where almost 80 people spent the night in shelters. There are as many as 130 wildfires burning according to the USDA Forest Service.
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Wildfire Safety


Wildfires can dramatically impact communities, especially here in Southern California. With the potential to burn tens of thousands of acres of land and in some cases force families from their homes, taking the necessary steps to prepare for wildfires is essential.

  • Keep your gutters and roofs clean. Remove dead vegetation and shrubbery from your yard. Keep your lawn hydrated.
  • Remove anything that can catch fire from the area around your home, including: firewood and propane tanks.
  • Select building materials and plants that resist fire.
  • Make sure driveway entrances and your house number or address are clearly marked.
  • Set aside items that can be used as fire tools – a rake, axe, hand or chain saw, bucket and shovel.
  • Identify and maintain a good water source outside your home. Examples include a small pond, well or swimming pool.

    Recovering from a wildfire takes time and a diverse network of organizations and services to ensure those impacted have access to the help they need. Follow these tips to help expedite your post-wildfire recovery efforts.

  • Keep your animals under your direct control. Hidden embers and hot spots could burn them.
  • Don’t go home until officials say it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid downed power lines, poles and wires.
  • Use caution when entering a burned area.
  • Wet down debris to minimize breathing dust particles.
  • Wear leather gloves and shoes with heavy soles.
  • Throw out any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot.
  • Recheck for smoke or sparks throughout your home for several hours after the fire, including in your attic. Wildfire winds can blow burning embers anywhere so check for embers that could cause a fire.
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