The Yarnell Hills fire, which broke out last weekend north of Phoenix, Az., remains uncontained and has destroyed approximately 200 structures. Tragically, the fire also took the lives of 19 firefighters on Sunday. 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 is operating three shelters in Arizona—in Kingman, Prescott and Wickenburg—for those forced to evacuate because of wildfires. Red Cross workers are providing food, water and mental health support to those at the shelters, as well as staffing the Yavapai County Emergency Operation Center.
Dangerous, triple-digit temperatures and excessive heat warnings continue in parts of the West, with thunderstorms and high winds potentially exacerbating the wildfire situation. Critical fire weather conditions currently exist in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.
Meanwhile, in the eastern half of the United States, the Red Cross has shelters open for 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. More rain is forecast this week for a large portion of the East Coast, which could worsen the problem. The Red Cross will continue to monitor the situation in this region, and is ready to respond if floodwaters drive residents from their homes.