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Red Cross Opens Two Evacuation Centers for Mountain Fire

Rochester Volunteer Deploying to Assist in CO Wildfire Relief
This is a difficult time for many of our neighbors, but no one has to go through this alone.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The American Red Cross has opened two evacuation centers in response to the Mountain Fire.

The centers are located at:

Hemet High School

41701 E. Stetson Ave.

Hemet, CA 92544


Hamilton High School

57430 Mitchell Road

Anza, CA 92539

Those affected by the fire are encouraged to visit these evacuation centers for a safe place to stay, cool drinks and emotional support.

“This is a difficult time for many of our neighbors, but no one has to go through this alone,” said Maxine Margaritis, regional CEO of the American Red Cross serving Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

“We encourage residents to listen to authorities and come to our Red Cross shelters if told to evacuate,” added Lois Beckman, CEO of the Riverside County Chapter.

Some basic wildfire safety tips include:

  • Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
  • Listen to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information.
  • Back cars into driveways or park in open spaces facing the direction of escape.
  • Confine pets to one room so that you can find them if you need to evacuate quickly.
  • Keep indoor air clean by closing windows and doors to prevent outside smoke from getting in and using your air conditioners’ recycle or re-circulate modes
  • If you do not have air conditioning and it is too hot to stay inside with closed windows, seek shelter elsewhere.
  • If you have asthma or another lung disease, follow your health care provider's advice and seek medical care if your symptoms worsen.
  • Additional safety information, including what do to before, during and after a wildfire, is available at or by downloading the free Wildfire app for iPhone and Android devices.

    Those interested in helping with relief efforts should visit to make a financial contribution towards disaster relief or get information on how to volunteer in your community.

    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 join the conversation at @RedCross.