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Red Cross Shelters Hundreds of Detwiler Fire Evacuees

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In a matter of hours last night, our volunteers opened or moved five different shelters

Last night more than 250 residents found a safe place to sleep at five different Red Cross shelters due to Detwiler Fire evacuations. Tonight the American Red Cross of the Central Valley is operating the following shelter locations for impacted residents:

1. EV Free Church, 50443 High School Road, Oakhurst, CA 93644

2. Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

3. Mountain Christian Center, 40299 Hwy 49, Oakhurst, CA 93644

4. Cesar Chavez Junior High, 161 S. Plainsburg, Planada, CA 95365

5. Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora, CA 95370

The Groveland shelter moved to the Mother Lode Fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon. The Groveland Community Hall location is now closed, and new evacuees in the area are encouraged to go to the new location at the fairgrounds in Sonora. The Red Cross thanks the Groveland community for the use of their community hall. 

Volunteers are on hand at each location to provide lodging, meals, health services, comfort, and more for affected residents. 

“In a matter of hours last night, our volunteers opened or moved five different shelters, and provided relief to hundreds of residents,” said Red Cross Executive Director Barry Falke, “It was a huge undertaking, but our volunteers rose to the challenge to make sure that all shelter residents were safe and comfortable.” 

The Red Cross urges everyone to follow evacuation orders from local law enforcement and have an emergency kit ready to go for any disaster including wildfires. Visit to learn more.


A Red Cross public information line has been established for anyone looking for information on current disaster relief efforts: 559-343-2549.

Visit to reconnect with loved ones that might be missing during a disaster. The Safe and Well website is an easy-to-use online tool to help families and individuals notify loved ones that they are safe during an emergency.


You can help people affected by disasters like California Wildfires and countless other crises by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small. Call, click, or text to give: visit, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text “RED CROSS” to 91999 to make a $10 donation to your local Red Cross region.

Financial donations are still the best and quickest way to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. But for those who still wish to donate goods such as food and clothing, a donation drop-off site has been opened by the local VOAD group in the Sierra Star parking lot, 49165 Crane Valley Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644. It will be open daily from 7:00a.m. until dusk.


Trained Red Cross volunteers are currently staffing shelters and supporting evacuated residents. As the disaster continues to evolve, the Red Cross will assess how community volunteers can best support the operation.

Learn more about becoming a Red Cross volunteer or sign up today at In order to expedite your volunteer registration for this disaster response effort, select the Detwiler Fire opportunity when prompted in the application process. Email the local Red Cross Volunteer Services team at for more information.


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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. For more information, please visit