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:
Get more information by reading the Red Cross Wildfire Safety Checklist.
If there is a need to evacuate, have the following items ready:
HOW YOU CAN HELP Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation today.