Grand Canyon Chapter Closes Shelter in Kearny for Shipman Fire

Red Cross volunteers in action
The 518-acre Shipman Fire is 47 percent contained, and the Eastern Arizona Incident Management Team expects full containment about midnight

KEARNY (July 11, 2013) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has closed its shelter at Ray Elementary School in Kearny, where people were housed this week after the Shipman Fire.

The Red Cross vacated the multipurpose room inside the school about noon Thursday, having met the needs of the five Kearny residents who remained in the shelter. The 518-acre Shipman Fire is 47 percent contained, and the Eastern Arizona Incident Management Team expects full containment about midnight. Evacuation orders for residents in Stephens Trailer Court will be lifted at 8 p.m.

Anyone requiring further assistance from the Red Cross is encouraged to call 1-800-842-7349. For updated information on the Shipman Fire, please visit www.inciweb.org/incident/3502.

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. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.redcross.org/gcc, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.