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Red Cross Opens Shelter in Del Norte for West Fork Fire

Wildfire response by Red Cross in Colorado Springs
Several additional shelters are on standby and ready to be activated if needed

The American Red Cross opened a shelter last night at Del Norte High School, 1055 9th Street, Del Norte, for evacuees of the West Fork Fire. Three people stayed the night, but the Red Cross expects to see an influx in clients today due to the evacuation of the town of South Fork.

Meanwhile, nine people evacuated due to the East Peak Fire in Huerfano County stayed at the Red Cross shelter at John Mall High School in Walsenburg last night. The Red Cross also has two shelters on standby for the Huerfano County fire, should additional evacuations be necessary:

• Craver Middle School, Colorado City

• Trinidad Community Center, Trinidad

Finally, the Red Cross shelter at Evergreen High School for evacuees of the Lime Gulch Fire in Jefferson County remains on standby.

Standby status means that resources and supplies are pre-positioned and ready for use, but the shelter is not open to the public or staffed; volunteer shelter teams are on standby and ready to open the sites if needed.

The Red Cross provides disaster relief to people completely free of charge, and is able to do so through the hard work of volunteers and the generosity of the public. We thank the public throughout Colorado for their generous support. If you would like to support Red Cross Disaster Relief go to or call 1-800-REDCROSS.