Red Cross to Distribute Clean-Up Items for West Fork Fire Evacuees

West Fork clean up kits in Colorado
The American Red Cross will distribute clean-up kits to evacuees of the West Fork Fire Complex to help them clean up ash, slurry, smoke, spoiled food and other damage to their homes caused by the fire.

Starting today, the American Red Cross will distribute clean-up kits to evacuees of the West Fork Fire Complex to help them clean up ash, slurry, smoke, spoiled food and other damage to their homes caused by the fire. Red Cross licensed mental health workers will also staff several locations to help residents cope with the disaster and provide them with recovery information.

The Red Cross will distribute clean-up kits, water and recovery information at the following locations:

  • Friday, June 28: South Fork Visitors Center, at the intersection of Highways 160 and 149 – this site will open once access to South Fork has been permitted.
  • Saturday, June 29: Creede and Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, 904 S. Main St., Creede – from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • The clean-up kits include brooms, mops, bleach, work gloves, masks, buckets , sponges and other items useful for cleaning up after a disaster.

    Red Cross mental health workers will staff a community disaster assistance center from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 28, at the County Annex building, 965 6th St., in Del Norte, and will provide emotional support as well as informational resources for people affected by the wildfires.

    The Red Cross shelter at Del Norte High School, 1055 9th St., Del Norte, remains open. Last night, 61 evacuees registered at the shelter.

    RED CROSS SERVICED STATS TO-DATE

    Since June 11, the Red Cross has provided shelter, food, emotional support, health services and tens of thousands of recovery supplies to thousands of people in Colorado affected by wildfires. To date, the Red Cross and partners have:

  • Opened and operated a total of ten separate shelters in Monument, Colorado Springs, Kiowa, Cañon City, Walsenburg, Rifle, Del Norte and Gunnison
  • Distributed 32,956 bulk items such as shovels, rakes, face masks and gloves
  • Served 45,429 meals and snacks provided by community partners such as the Salvation Army and the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado
  • Made 3,793 health and mental health contacts with affected residents
  • Registered 470 individuals in Safe and Well
  • Distributed 2,017 comfort kits containing hygiene items, toothbrushes and other basic essentials
  • BLACK FOREST FIRE:

    Red Cross aid stations will offer water, clean-up supplies and other resources to families affected by the Black Forest fire from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at two locations:

  • School in the Woods (12002 Vollmer Rd.)
  • Intersection of Black Forest Road and Shoup Road
  • Clean-up supplies include shovels, trash bags, work gloves, rakes, paper towels, and facemasks all items to help residents recover. Each station will also be staffed with disaster mental health counselors, health services and caseworkers to provide emotional and physical support.

    In addition, Red Cross mobile outreach teams are canvassing the Black Forest area to provide information and support of recovery, as well as to assist with emotional and medical needs.