There was no break from the wildfires this weekend in several western states, including California, Idaho, Utah and Washington. The Red Cross opened shelters for residents affected by the wildfires, four of which remained open on Sunday night.
In Idaho, the Trinity Ridge Fire prompted evacuations in Pine, Idaho and Elmore Counties. The Red Cross worked with local partners to open a reception center and a shelter, and is providing food and water for both evacuees and first responders fighting the fire.
The Ponderosa Fire in Northeast California has burned several thousand acres, threatened hundreds of homes, and led to the evacuation of residents in Tehama and Shasta Counties on Saturday. The Red Cross opened two shelters for these residents, both of which remained open Sunday evening.
Utah also faced both voluntary and mandatory evacuations on Saturday as the Fox Den Fire threatened homes in Washington and Summit Counties. The Red Cross opened two evacuation centers in response to these fires.
The National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings for several western states through this week. The Red Cross will continue to provide a safe place to stay, meals and emotional support to families who have evacuated from their homes, and will continue to monitor the wildfires, which can rapidly develop and change course.
If you live in an area currently under wildfire alert:
Get more information by reading the wildfires section of redcross.org.
If you have to evacuate, have the following items ready:
HOW YOU CAN HELP Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation today.