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Roatcap Fire Update: Shelter to Close at 6 p.m.; Red Cross Continues to Feed Responders

The Red Cross has served more than 250 meals to evacuees and emergency responders.

5:30 p.m., Oct. 25, 2012 — The American Red Cross shelter at Kemper Elementary in Cortez will close at 6 p.m. today due to the lifting of evacuations in relation to the Roatcap fire.

The Red Cross will continue to provide meals for emergency responders battling the blaze in Montezuma County. Since being called to assist yesterday, the Red Cross has served more than 250 meals to evacuees and emergency responders.

Last night, four evacuated residents stayed overnight at the Red Cross shelter at Kemper Elementary, 620 E. Montezuma Ave., in Cortez.

All Red Cross assistance is provided free, and is made possible by the generosity of donors. To support the Red Cross in Southwest Colorado, visit and donate to the American Red Cross Southwest Colorado Chapter, or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

Information about the wildfire can be found on Twitter by following @SanJuanNF or visiting

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog.

Media Contact: Patricia Demchak Billinger, Regional Communications Director, (303) 607-4766,