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.
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:
Learn more about how to prepare for a wildfire.