Red Cross Responds as Wildfires Burn 1000s of Acres Out West
Wildfires continue to burn thousands of acres out west and the American Red Cross is providing shelter, food and relief supplies for people impacted by the raging fires.
In California, the Detwiler and Whittier fires have burned thousands of acres, forcing people to leave their homes. Red Cross workers opened shelters and Emergency Response Vehicles are distributing relief supplies in several of the impacted areas.
Elevated fire weather conditions continue for parts of the Northern Intermountain, Northern Rockies, and Northern Plains regions and the Red Cross is monitoring the situation to respond if needed.
The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), the nation’s support center for wildfire firefighting,
Reports so far this year there have more than 35,000 wildfires, burning more than 4.5 million acres. Millions of homes across the country are near woodlands and could someday be in the path of a wildfire. The Red Cross offers tips on what to do before, during and after a wildfire so you can better protect yourself and your loved ones.
BEFORE A FIRE OCCURS Remove anything that can catch fire from around your home, garage and outdoor shed, including firewood and propane tanks. If it’s flammable, keep it away from your house, deck or porch. Obey outside burning bans when issued. Other things you can do to be prepared include:
IF A FIRE OCCURS Listen to your local media for updates on the fire and be ready to leave quickly. Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing your direction of escape. You should also:
AFTER THE FIRE Don’t go home until fire officials say it is safe. Be cautious entering a burned area – hazards could still exist. Avoid damaged or downed power lines, poles and wires. Other things to do include:
DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS The Red Cross app “Emergency” can help keep you and your loved ones safe by putting vital information on wildfires and other disasters in your hand. You can also use the app to set more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts. The Red Cross First Aid App puts instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies at your fingertips. Download these apps by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in your app store or at redcross.org/apps.
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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.