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Red Cross Rough Fire Response

Red Cross volunteer comforting little girl in a shelter
"We continue to work very closely with community partners and fire officials"

The American Red Cross of the Central Valley has opened a shelter for residents facing evacuations from the Rough Fire. The shelter is located at the Sanger Community Center, 730 Recreation Ave., Sanger CA, 93657.

Red Cross volunteers are on hand to provide lodging, meals, hygiene kits and more for the evacuated families. The Central California Animal Disaster Team is on scene to care for domestic pets.

“As the Rough Fire continues to impact residents in Fresno and Tulare counties, we continue to work very closely with community partners and fire officials to ensure the basic needs of those affected continue to be met,” said Red Cross Executive Director Barry Falke.



The Fresno County Department of Public Health has issued a health alert due to the increased air pollution from the fire. These smoky air conditions are very likely to continue over the next several days.

It is strongly recommended that all outdoor activities at schools, parks, recreation areas, and planned sporting events be suspended. 



The Red Cross is able to provide disaster relief services during wildfire season thanks to the generosity of the community.

“We are often asked in responses like this, what is the best way one can lend their support. As each disaster is unique, we would encourage any who feels inclined to support the efforts to make a donation today or to sign up to be a volunteer to support future work,” said Falke.
You can help people affected by disasters like the Rough Fire and countless other crises by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. Every single donation brings hope to those in need.
Making a donation to your local Red Cross is easy:
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TEXT the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation
The Red Cross encourages every family to be prepared for disasters large and small including wildfires.
Emergencies are more common than you may think. But it’s also easy for families and individuals to get prepared by taking three simple actions: 1) Get a kit. 2) Make a plan. 3) Be informed.
Your basic emergency preparedness kit should contain food and water, and other basic supplies for each family member to last at least three days. Also, don’t forget to include essential medications, copies of important documents, and special items for children and pets.
Click here to learn more about building an emergency game plan. 
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.