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Red Cross Opens Scherpa Fire Shelter

Red Cross volunteer comforting little girl in a shelter
Our shelter and volunteers will be here for this community as long as there is a need.

The American Red Cross of the Pacific Coast is opening a shelter to provide relief and comfort for residents affected by the Scherpa Fire. The shelter is located at the Wake Center, 300 N. Turnpike Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93111.

Media may be allowed in the shelter at the discretion of the shelter manager. Please check in at the registration desk upon arrival.

Red Cross volunteers will be on scene to provide lodging, meals, water, hygiene items, and more for residents seeking shelter.

“The Red Cross is working closely with government and community partners to make sure that the families are safe and comfortable,” said Red Cross Communications Director Jessica Piffero, “Our shelter and volunteers will be here for this community as long as there is a need.”

The Red Cross urges residents to follow all evacuation orders from local enforcement and be prepared for disasters like wildfires. Click here to learn more about preparing for and responding to wildfires.

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