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Red Cross Helping Wildfire Evacuees In Four States

A hot meal can make such a difference to people returning to their neighborhood for the first time following a major disaster.

Wildfires continue to consume thousands of acres out west and the American Red Cross is helping people who have been ordered to leave their homes because of the fires.

About 50 evacuees spent Monday night in Red Cross shelters in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and California. Officials report red flag fire warnings are up today in Oregon, Idaho and California where weather conditions exist for more fires. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will occur shortly.

WILDFIRE SAFETY If wildfires are possible in someone’s community, they should be ready to evacuate quickly and pack an emergency disaster kit including water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio and extra batteries, a first aid kit, medications, sanitation and personal hygiene items, important papers and cell phones and chargers, extra cash and maps of the area. They can also download the free Red Cross Wildfire App to get the latest fire news from local, state and federal agencies as well as access to preloaded information about what to do before, during and after a wildfire. The app is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. More information is available on this web site.

RED CROSS RESPONSE A fire in Missoula County, Montana has burned thousands of acres, threatening homes in its path. Red Cross workers opened a shelter to assist the wildfire evacuees including residents of an apartment complex who were ordered to evacuate.

In Utah, the Red Cross and Southern Baptist Convention are working together to provide meals for first responders and people affected by fires in the state. “A hot meal can make such a difference to people returning to their neighborhood for the first time following a major disaster,” said “Heidi Ruster, CEO, American Red Cross Utah Region. “We’ve served more than 2,600 meals and snacks to evacuees so far.” Red Cross workers are also meeting individually with wildfire victims to assess their immediate emergency needs and assist with their long-term recovery planning.

The Red Cross in Idaho has a shelter open on the Wood River campus of the College of Southern Idaho to help people ordered to leave their homes for a wildfire in the area. Red Cross workers are monitoring the situation with Emergency Management officials to ensure people get the help they need.

A wildfire in Mariposa and Tuolumne counties in California has burned thousands of acres, forcing people to leave their homes on Monday. The Red Cross opened a shelter for the evacuees and is providing food and relief items for those affected.

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.