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Evacuation Center Open at Cripple Creek High School

Teller County Wildfire Threatens Homes


Cripple Creek, CO – 5:25 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – An evacuation shelter has been opened at the Cripple Creek-Victor High School, 410 North B. Street in Cripple Creek, Colo.


Red Cross volunteers are on scene at the shelter and will be evaluating the needs of the shelter population. Earlier this year the Red Cross prepositioned a shelter trailer at the Cripple Creek High School to support this type of quick sheltering requirement.


The evacuation shelter at the Cripple Creek-Victor High School cannot accept pets. Pets can be taken to the Teller County Fairgrounds, 501 W. Golden (CR 1), Cripple Creek, Colo.


If you have time to gather personal items the Red Cross recommends that you focus on medications and important personal documents. Don’t forget things like reading glasses and charging units for your technology.


If you are under mandatory evacuation you should move to the Cripple Creek High School Shelter immediately. If you are under pre-evacuation get your disaster kit ready to go. Fires move rapidly when driven by strong winds and dry fuels.


Wildfire safety and preparedness information is available at


On Twitter follow @ppredcross for Red Cross information. The hashtag #TELLERCOFIRE is being used to coordinate social media information.