The Red Cross shelter at the Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church is staying open as a resource and evacuation center for Sky Fire evacuees until all mandatory evacuation orders are lifted.
The resource center, located at 39696 Hwy 41 in Oakhurst, will remain in place to assist evacuees with information, snacks, water, hygiene items, and comfort.
The second shelter location at EV Free church closed on Sunday due to decreased shelter population.
“As families start to return to their homes, we’re able to condense our operations,” said Communications Director Jessica Piffero, “While evacuees no longer need overnight shelter, we want to make sure we’re here to provide important resources for them until all evacuation orders are fully lifted.”
The resource center was briefly reactivated to a full shelter on Sunday due to the Red Fire, but evacuation orders were soon lifted and the Red Cross disaster team transitioned back to a resource center.
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 redcross.org 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 www.redcross.org.