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ERSKINE FIRE RESPONSE

Teen girl in a Red Cross Shelter
Our volunteers have been working to provide lodging, meals, and comfort to affected residents

The American Red Cross of Kern County has opened an additional shelter for residents affected by the ongoing Erskine Fire. The shelter is located at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, 86 Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Heights, CA 93285. The Kernville Elementary School shelter location is still active and located at 13350 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238.

“Our volunteers have been working to provide lodging, meals, and comfort to affected residents,” said Executive Director Barry Falke, “This fire is affecting hundreds of families, and the local Red Cross disaster team has risen to the occasion.”

An initial evacuation site was previously opened at the Kern River Valley Senior Center, but due to capacity needs residents were moved to the new site at the Kernville Elementary School.

FIND LOVED ONES

The Red Cross has activated the Safe & Well site for those looking to connect with loved ones affected by the fire. Here, you'll be able to see if your friends and family have registered as safe. If you are an evacuee, register yourself so that others can find you and know that you're okay.

HOW TO HELP

The Red Cross has identified several opportunities for the community to donate to residents affected by the ongoing Erskine Fire.

“Financial donations are still the best the way to help with Red Cross relief efforts, but we recognize the need to support the community’s overwhelming generosity,” said Red Cross Executive Director Barry Falke, “We’re working in close partnership with community organizations like the local Elks Lodge, Salvation Army, Victim Relief, and Goodwill Industries to accept and sort these generous donations from the public.”

A new drop off site for donated goods has been established at the Elks Lodge in partnership with the Salvation Army, 6708 Wofford Blvd., Wofford Heights, CA 93285. Affected residents will also be encouraged to pick up needed items from this location.

Additionally, the community may drop off goods like household items and clothing to their nearest Goodwill store, where residents will be able to pick up donations free of charge.

Stine Administrative Building

4901 Stine Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93313

Coffee Road Store

3025 Coffee Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93312

White Lane Store

6051 White Ln. Bakersfield, CA 93309

East Hills Store

2671 E. Oswell St. Bakersfield, CA 93306

Olive Drive Store

1115 Olive Dr. Bakersfield, CA 93308

Northwest Store

13121 Rosedale Hwy, Ste 401 Bakersfield, CA 93314

Rosedale Specialty Store

9935 Rosedale Hwy. Bakersfield, CA 93312

Delano Store

902 Main St. Delano, CA 93215

Tulare Store

1832 E. Tulare Ave Tulare, CA 93274

Porterville Store

910 W. Henderson Ave Porterville, CA 93257

Taft Store

411 Finley Dr. Taft, CA 93268

Hanford Store

426 W. Lacey Blvd. Hanford, CA 93230

Lemoore Store

161 W. Hanford-Armona Road Lemoore, CA 93245

Cal State Bakersfield ADC

Off of Camino Media, Bakersfield, CA 93311

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GET PREPARED

The Red Cross urges everyone to follow evacuation orders from local law enforcement and have an emergency kit ready go for any disaster including wildfires. Click here to learn how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from wildfires.

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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.