The Red Cross Central California Region has spent the last several days responding to multiple wildfires throughout the area. The Sky, Corrine, and Park Hill fires have caused the evacuations of hundreds of homes, and the Red Cross disaster teams have responded to provide relief, hope, and comfort to families who have had to evacuate.
SKY AND CORRINE FIRES
The Sky and Corrine Fires, which began on Thursday, June 18, forced multiple evacuations around Madera County. The Red Cross set up two shelters, at the Sierra Vista Presbyterian and EV Free churches in Oakhurst, CA. At the height of the evacuations, over 90 people were staying in Red Cross shelters. A large portion of evacuees were staff from the nearby Calvin Crest church camp.
As evacuation orders begin to lift and residents start to return home, the Red Cross is closing the EV Free shelter site. The Sierra Vista Presbyterian location will remain open serving residents until all evacuation orders are lifted.
PARK HILL FIRE
Saturday evening the San Luis Obispo disaster team was called into action to set up an evacuation center for resident impacted by the Park Hill Fire. The evacuation center quickly transitioned into a full shelter to house families overnight. The population has been around 10 residents, fluctuating throughout the day as residents come and go.
Volunteer caseworkers are meeting one on one with families who have lost their homes due to the fire. They’re providing financial assistance for food and clothing, as well as resources and referrals to begin the road to recovery.
THE POWER OF COMMUNITY
The Red Cross has been working with a number of government and community partners throughout these wildfire relief efforts to provide additional support to the impacted residents.
The Salvation Army has been in all three shelters, providing hot meals to evacuees. The Central California Animal Disaster Team has activated animal shelters alongside the Red Cross to care for domestic pets that were evacuated. Local VOAD groups have activated to collect bulk, in-kind donations from local businesses.
HOW TO HELP: CALL, CLICK, OR TEXT
The best way for the community support evacuees right now is through a financial donation. Each disaster is unique as are the needs of the shelter residents. Financial donations are quickest and best way to support the people who need it most.
Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
THE THREAT ISN’T OVER
The Red Cross urges communities throughout California to get prepared for what will likely be a long and severe wildfire season.
All families should have an emergency game plan for disasters large and small. Make sure your home has an emergency kit ready to go at a moment’s notice.