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Fewer Stay at Rim Fire Shelter as more Evacuations are Lifted

American Red Cross Capital Region - Fire Rim Team
“Until this fire is brought under control, the possibility of additional evacuations remains." - Kathleen Weis, CRC CEO

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Tuesday, August 27, 2013 – For the third straight night, the American Red Cross Rim Fire evacuation shelter at Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora saw a decrease in the number of overnight residents. With more residents being allowed to return to their homes, only 43 people remained at the shelter on Monday night – a sharp decline from Friday’s peak of 184 residents.

Despite the decrease, dangers from the Rim Fire remain and Red Cross volunteers are working around the clock to be ready in the event more evacuations are necessary.

“It is a relief to see so many able to safely return to their homes following these last several days of uncertainty,” said Kathleen Weis, CEO for the American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter. “Until this fire is brought under control, the possibility of additional evacuations remains. As long as there is a need, we will be here to provide comfort and support for those impacted.”

The Rim Fire burning in Tuolumne and Mariposa counties near Yosemite has quickly become one of the largest wildfires in California history, to date burning nearly 180,000 acres. Since opening on Monday, August 17, the Red Cross has provided safe shelter for dozens evacuated from surrounding communities threatened by the wildfire.

Red Cross volunteers are on hand 24 hours a day at the shelter to ensure that evacuated residents have their emergency needs met. Trained volunteers prepare and serve meals, maintain sleeping facilities, offer emotional support and health services, and make every effort to ensure the care and comfort of shelter residents.

The Red Cross relies on the efforts of volunteers and the generosity of donors in order to provide emergency relief services throughout the Capital Region and around the country. In the 24-county Capital Region, volunteers are called to respond to an emergency - on average - once every 16 hours. For more information on how to become a Red Cross volunteer, or to donate to disaster relief efforts in your community and beyond, please visit or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Capital Region serves a twenty-four county territory including Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossCRC.