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Red Cross Shelters Evacuees from Growing Calif. Wildfire

We have the resources and are ready to help for as long as it takes.

California’s Rim Fire, which began burning in Tuolumne County last weekend, more than doubled in size overnight. As of Friday morning, the wildfire had burned more than 50,000 acres, threatening areas near Yosemite National Park.

"This fire has moved quickly, and we know the situation can change at a moment's notice," said Kathleen Weis, CEO of the Capital Region Chapter of the Red Cross. "We have the resources and are ready to help for as long as it takes."

The American Red Cross is operating a shelter at the Sonora Fairgrounds for residents who have evacuated the area. On Thursday night, more than 100 people took refuge there.

“We are in it for the long haul...we don’t have a timeline on it,” said Jordan Scott, who also works with the Capital Region Chapter.

Multiple western states have been hit by wildfires in the last several weeks, and the Red Cross has provided shelter and comfort to many people who evacuated their homes.

Wildfire Preparedness

Red Flag Warnings are currently in effect for Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. If there are reports of a wildfire where you live, it’s important to stay informed and follow these tips:

  • Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
  • Listen to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information.
  • Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape.
  • Confine pets to one room so that you can find them if you need to evacuate quickly.
  • Learn more about how to prepare for a wildfire.

    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.