Colorado Wildfire Update: June 22, 2013

Red Cross shelter and service update for east peak fire, west fork fire, black forest fire.
Red Cross workers have distributed 12,650 recovery and clean-up items...

Dozens of people have registered at Red Cross shelters established for evacuees of the West Fork Fire Complex near Wolf Creek Pass and the East Peak Fire in Huerfano County.

Last night, 25 of those evacuees stayed overnight at three Red Cross shelters in the following locations:

  • Del Norte High School – Tiger Fieldhouse Gym, 770 111th St., Del Norte (27 registered, 12 stayed overnight)
  • Gunnison Community Center, 200 East Spencer Avenue, Gunnison (4 stayed overnight)
  • John Mall High School, 355 W. Pine St., Walsenburg (9 stayed overnight)
  • Meanwhile, as residents affected by the Black Forest fire return home this weekend, the American Red Cross will staff three aid stations offering food, water, clean-up supplies and other resources to families as they begin to rebuild their lives.

    Each station will also be staffed with disaster mental health counselors, health services and caseworkers to provide emotional and physical support. Clean-up supplies include sifters, shovels, trash bags, work gloves, rakes, paper towels, and facemasks, all items to help residents recover.

    Outreach teams will be driving in the area in Red Cross labeled vehicles. These teams consist of health and mental health professionals who can provide emotional or medical support if needed.

    The stations will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations in Black Forest:

  • School in the Woods (12002 Vollmer Rd.)
  • Black Forest Rd. and Shoup Rd. (northeast corner)
  • Shoup Rd. and Milam Rd. (southeast corner)
  • Returning Home & Recovering after a Wildfire:

  • Avoid damaged or fallen power lines, poles and downed wires..
  • Follow public health guidance on safe cleanup of fire ash and safe use of masks.
  • Wet debris down to minimize breathing dust particles.
  • Wear leather gloves and heavy soled shoes to protect hands and feet.
  • Discard any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot.
  • Do NOT ever use water that you think may be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.
  • These tips, and more, are available at www.redcross.org/prepare and via the Red Cross Wildfire app, a free downloadable app for iPhone and Android devices.

    RED CROSS SERVICE STATS TO-DATE

    Since a series of wildfires fires broke out this month, nearly 1,300 people have registered at Red Cross shelters and Red Cross volunteers and partners have:

  • Opened and operated a total of 12 separate shelters and evacuation centers in Monument, Colorado Springs, Kiowa, Cañon City, Evergreen, Walsenburg, Rifle, Gunnison and Del Norte
  • Distributed 12,650 recovery and clean-up items such as rakes, gloves, shovels, coolers and clean-up kits
  • Handed out 1,270 comfort kits containing hygiene items, toothbrushes and other basic essentials Registered 467 individuals in Safe and Well
  • Served nearly 21,000 meals and snacks (provided primarily by The Salvation Army)
  • Made nearly 1,500 health and mental health contacts with affected residents