Red Cross Helps Western Wildfire Evacuees

Disaster Response
The National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings for several western states through this week.

There was no break from the wildfires this weekend in several western states, including California, Idaho, Utah and Washington. The Red Cross opened shelters for residents affected by the wildfires, four of which remained open on Sunday night.

In Idaho, the Trinity Ridge Fire prompted evacuations in Pine, Idaho and Elmore Counties. The Red Cross worked with local partners to open a reception center and a shelter, and is providing food and water for both evacuees and first responders fighting the fire.

The Ponderosa Fire in Northeast California has burned several thousand acres, threatened hundreds of homes, and led to the evacuation of residents in Tehama and Shasta Counties on Saturday. The Red Cross opened two shelters for these residents, both of which remained open Sunday evening.

Utah also faced both voluntary and mandatory evacuations on Saturday as the Fox Den Fire threatened homes in Washington and Summit Counties. The Red Cross opened two evacuation centers in response to these fires.

The National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings for several western states through this week. The Red Cross will continue to provide a safe place to stay, meals and emotional support to families who have evacuated from their homes, and will continue to monitor the wildfires, which can rapidly develop and change course.

Safety Tips

If you live in an area currently under wildfire alert:

  • Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
  • Listen to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information.
  • Back the car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape.
  • Confine pets to one room so they find them if they need to evacuate quickly.
  • Arrange for temporary housing at a friend or relative’s home outside the threatened area.
  • Get more information by reading the wildfires section of

    If you have to evacuate, have the following items ready:

  • Water and nonperishable food—(3-day supply per person)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • HOW YOU CAN HELP Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation today.

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