SACRAMENTO, Calif., Friday, August 23, 2013 – The Rim Fire in Tuolumne County continues to spread, leading to the evacuation of additional communities threatened by the blaze. As more evacuees arrive at the Mother Lode Fairground in Sonora, the Red Cross – in collaboration with the Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Services – has begun the process of identifying and establishing a secondary shelter location to accommodate residents in the event one is needed.
Since opening on Monday, the Fairgrounds shelter has seen a steady increase in residents each day as the fire progresses. Thursday night saw a total of 102 overnight residents however, that number is expected to rise in response to Friday’s evacuations.
Despite the expected increase, the Red Cross is ready - fully prepared with volunteers, supplies, and resources to receive all evacuees and ensure that their emergency needs are met.
As the Rim Fire has grown, many members of the community have come forward to graciously offer assistance in the form of volunteering or offering donated items. While this help has been sincerely appreciated, the Red Cross reminds the community that they have all of the resources necessary to meet the needs of this emergency and to please refrain from additional donations.
Should individuals feel compelled to assist the Red Cross response, they are encouraged to visit www.redcross.org to become a Red Cross volunteer. People may also make a monetary donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief through the site OR, if they wish to donate specifically to the Rim Fire response, they may contact the Sonora office at (209) 533-1513 or the Capital Region main office at (916) 933-7070.
As the battle for containment on the Rim Fire continues, www.RedCross.org offers a number of important tips and resources residents should do to monitor the situation and prepare should they be asked to evacuate:
In the event you have to evacuate the area, items to consider bringing with you should include:
More information can also be found on the free Red Cross Wildfire App. Get the latest fire news from local, state and federal agencies, find shelter information, as well as access preloaded information about what to do before, during and after a wildfire.
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 www.redcross.org/capitalregion or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossCRC.