On Saturday, May 4, the Sunnyside fire started about 8 miles outside of Durango. The Red Cross Southwest Colorado Chapter was notified that pre-evacuation notices had gone out – but fortunately, firefighters were able to control the blaze and no evacuations were needed.
Red Cross workers provided dinner for 50 firefighters on Saturday night. On Sunday, May 5, the Red Cross fed another 35 firefighters breakfast and lunch during the extended fire mop-up session.
Although the Front Range of Colorado has seen an improvement in moisture, conditions continue to be dry in Southwest Colorado. Residents are encouraged to take steps today to prepare for wildfire and other disasters.
One step you can take today is to download the free Red Cross Wildfire app. This helpful app helps you create your household preparedness plan and has tips for what to do before, during and after a wildfire. The app also provides alerts – such as when a Red Flag warning has been issued – and will display open Red Cross shelters in the event of an evacuation.
Download the app for free from iTunes or your Google Play app store, or find out more here: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps