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Red Cross Opens Shelters for Wildfires in Jefferson, Huerfano

More than 175 people stayed the night at the Red Cross shelter at John Mall High School in Walsenburg

The Red Cross opened two new shelters overnight for evacuees of new wildfires in Jefferson County and Huerfano County.

More than 175 people stayed the night at the Red Cross shelter at John Mall High School in Walsenburg, in Huerfano County, after being evacuated due to the East Peak Fire (formerly Scout Ranch Fire). Most of the residents were Boy Scouts evacuated from a nearby camp.

The Red Cross also operated a shelter at Evergreen High School, in Jefferson County, for evacuees of the Lime Gulch Fire; although a number of evacuees stopped by the shelter, none stayed overnight.

Red Cross rapid response teams are also prepared to staff additional evacuation sites if fire behavior requires more evacuations in response to this or other wildfires currently burning in the state.

Meanwhile, Red Cross volunteers continue to help people affected by the Black Forest Fire, delivering clean-up kits, snacks, water and recovery supplies and meeting with affected residents to provide emotional support, basic health services, and initiate casework to help them with their recovery needs.

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 redcross.org/Colorado or call 1-800-REDCROSS, or tune in on June 20 to participate in a multi-network live 2013 Colorado Wildfires Phone Bank Fundraiser from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on all Denver-metro television networks.