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Red Cross Responds to Devastating Arizona Wildfire


A large wildfire erupted north of Phoenix, Az., over the weekend, burning thousands of acres and tragically taking the lives of 19 firefighters. The American Red Cross extends its deepest condolences to the families of these brave individuals who dedicated themselves to battling wildfires in order to save lives, homes and businesses.

The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Red Cross has opened two shelters in Arizona—in Prescott and Wickenburg—for those forced to evacuate because of the fire. Red Cross workers are providing food, water and mental health support to those at the shelters, as well as staffing the local Emergency Operation Center.

Dangerous, triple-digit temperatures and excessive heat warnings will continue in parts of the West today, with thunderstorms and high winds potentially exacerbating the wildfire situation.

Meanwhile, a shelter is still open in Colorado due to the wildfires that broke out in that state weeks ago.

In the eastern half of the United States, heavy rain showers caused flooding that affected scores of homes in Orange County, North Carolina, and prompted evacuations of residents within the affected area on Sunday. One shelter is open in North Carolina for those affected by these floods.

Flooding is also a problem in upstate New York and Pennsylvania, where shelters are open due to heavy rains that hit the region last week.

Go to to learn how to prepare for all types of emergencies—including wildfires and floods.

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.