PRESCOTT (June 30, 2013) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has opened a reception and care center Sunday in Prescott for people evacuated because of a wildfire in Yarnell.
The cooling station opened at 12:30 p.m. inside the gymnasium at Yavapai College, at 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott, AZ 86301. Evacuated residents wishing to get out of the heat can come for snacks, water and coffee. If needed, the center will convert to a shelter, at which time Red Cross volunteers would set up cots and blankets for overnight stays, with evacuated residents then receiving meals, as well as assistance from Red Cross nurses and mental health volunteers.
The Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management called the Red Cross after the Yarnell Hill Fire grew from 100 to 300 acres, and it’s now 800 acres. The lightning-caused fire started Friday night, about 1 ½ miles west of Yarnell – 25 miles north of Wickenburg. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is alerting residents in the Double A Bar Ranch area of the need to evacuate. A shelter for large animals is set up at Hidden Springs Ranch, at 18701 Highway 89, Peeples Valley, AZ 86332.
Evacuated residents wanting to reconnect with loved ones are urged to register through the Red Cross Safe and Well website at www.safeandwell.org. Those wishing to make donations to the Red Cross can do so online at www.redcross.org/donate or by calling 1-800-733-2767.
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.