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Red Cross Turns Cooling Station Back into Shelter in Kingman

Red Cross shelter snacks
The shelter reopened about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday at Kingman High School after the expanding wildfire forced residents from the Pinion Pine subdivision to seek refuge.

KINGMAN (July 3, 2013) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has transitioned its cooling station in Kingman back into a shelter to assist people evacuated due to the Dean Peak Fire.

The shelter reopened about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday at Kingman High School after the expanding wildfire forced residents from the Pinion Pine subdivision to seek refuge. Evacuated residents are encouraged to come to the Red Cross shelter for meals, snacks, water and coffee, and they also can receive assistance from Red Cross nurses and mental health volunteers.

The Dean Peak Fire, started Saturday by lightning, has grown from 2,350 acres to 3,200 acres – with no containment. It’s burning in the Hualapai Mountains, about 10 miles southeast of Kingman. For evacuated residents with pets, the Arizona Humane Society is sheltering them at the high school. For information on the Dean Peak Fire, the public can call 928-718-2412 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.

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.