SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sunday, August 25, 2013 – Saturday night saw the first decrease in population at the Red Cross Mother Lode Fairgrounds shelter since the Rim Fire began a week ago. With many residents of the Pine Mountain Lake community being allowed to return to their homes, the Red Cross shelter had a total of 135 residents stay the night - down from 184 the night before.
However, as firefighters continue the battle for containment on the Rim Fire in Tuolumne County, there is still a danger and many communities remain under evacuation advisories. The Red Cross remains ready to receive residents should they choose to leave their homes. The Fairgrounds shelter - located at 220 Southgate Drive in Sonora - has the capacity for as many as 1,000 evacuees, and the Red Cross is prepared to open additional shelters should the need arise.
Since the shelter opened on Monday, many members of the community have come forward to graciously offer assistance in the form of volunteering or offering donated items. Should you feel compelled to assist the Red Cross response, you are are encouraged to please contact the Red Cross office in Sonora at (209) 533-1513.
Need more info on how to be ready for wildfire? The Red Cross website, 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.