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Red Cross Opens Shelter for Willow Fire Evacuees

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We’ve had teams on standby since the fire began

The American Red Cross of the Central Valley is assisting families affected by the Willow Fire at the shelter located at the Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425B.

The Red Cross previously established an evacuation center in response to the Willow Fire, but because of mandatory evacuations for the Cascadel Woods community, volunteers set up a full shelter on Thursday. The overnight shelter population was 19 residents.

“Our disaster team has been working closely with government partners to determine how to best serve the community,” said Executive Director Barry Falke, “We’ve had teams on standby since the fire began so that we could respond quickly to provide relief to these families.”

Red Cross volunteers are providing lodging, meals, hygiene kits and more for the evacuated families, while working with other community partners to provide additional resources like showers. The Central California Animal Disaster Team has established a pet shelter alongside the Red Cross shelter to provide relief for domestic animals.  

The Red Cross is able to provide disaster relief services during wildfire season thanks to the generosity of the community. The best way to help current wildfire evacuees is through a financial donation. Visit to make an online donation to your local chapter.


About the American Red Cross Central California Region

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; 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 American Red Cross Central California Region provides services to the ten counties across Central California that is home to more than 4 million people. For more information, please visit