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Wildfire Warnings from Rockies to Great Plains

Weather conditions are ripe for more blazes to break out.

Wildfires are burning in several western states and weather conditions are ripe for more blazes to break out today in the northern Rocky Mountains and Great Plains. The American Red Cross has shelters open in some of the affected areas, and steps people should take to remain safe if wildfires threaten their community.

Fires are consuming thousands of acres in Wyoming, California, Washington and Idaho and windy, dry conditions today have resulted in red flag fire warnings for Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wisconsin. In Montana, the Sawtooth Fire in Ravalli County has threatened hundreds of homes, prompting orders for people to evacuate the area. The Red Cross opened an evacuation shelter and is providing assistance for those who have had to leave their homes. Shelters are also open in Washington State.

SAFETY TIPS If in an area currently under wildfire alert:

  • Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
  • Listen to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information.
  • Back the car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape.
  • Confine pets to one room so they find them if they need to evacuate quickly.
  • Arrange for temporary housing at a friend or relative’s home outside the threatened area.
  • Get more information by reading the Red Cross Wildfire Safety Checklist

    If there is a need to evacuate, have the following items ready:

  • Water and nonperishable food—(3-day supply per person)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • HOW YOU CAN HELP Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation today.

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    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.