Three Shelters Remain Open for Wildfires; Recovery Work Continues

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Since the Colorado Wildfires began on June 11, more than 1,300 people have registered at Red Cross shelters.

The American Red Cross continues to operate evacuation shelters in response to active fires in Colorado. Overnight 86 people registered at the three Red Cross shelters. Since the Colorado Wildfires began on June 11, more than 1,300 people have registered at Red Cross shelters.

BLACK FOREST FIRE: Red Cross aid stations will continue to be open to residents affected by the Black Forest fire today. Beginning today there are two locations offering water, clean-up supplies and other resources to families as they begin to rebuild their lives. 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 there will be mobile outreach teams in the Black Forest area to provide information and support of recovery, as well as to assist with emotional and medical needs.

The aid stations will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following locations in Black Forest:

  • School in the Woods (12002 Vollmer Rd.)
  • Intersection of Black Forest Road and Shoup Road
  • EAST PEAK FIRE: A Red Cross shelter remains open for evacuees at the John Mall High School in Walsenburg. No residents stayed at the shelter last night.

    WEST FORK FIRE COMPLEX: Two shelters are available for evacuees. Full services are available at these shelters and evacuees are urged to go to one of the shelters to register and if needed take advantage of the accommodations. The shelter locations are as follows:

  • Del Norte High School – 1055 9th St., Del Norte, CO (79 people registered overnight)
  • Gunnison Community School - 1099 N. 11th St., Gunnison, CO (9 people registered in the Gunnison shelter overnight) Note: This is a new location. The shelter was located at the Gunnison Recreation center until this morning.
  • CONSOLIDATED RED CROSS SERVICES TO DATE: The Red Cross and partner agencies have provided the following services:

  • Opened and operated a total of ten separate shelters and evacuation centers in Monument, Colorado Springs, Kiowa, Cañon City, Walsenburg, Rifle, Del Norte and Gunnison, providing a overnight and meal service to 1,358 people.
  • Distributed 1,880 comfort kits containing hygiene items, toothbrushes and other basic essentials
  • Distributed 29,706 Bulk items such as shovels, rakes, face masks and gloves
  • Registered 468 individuals in Safe and Well
  • Served 29,706 meals and snacks with support from our community partners such as the Salvation Army and the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado
  • Made 2,615 health and mental health contacts with affected residents
  • Tips for returning home and recovering after a wildfire as well as current shelter locations are available at www.redcross.org and via the Red Cross Wildfire app, a free downloadable app for iPhone and Android devices.

    HOW TO HELP: You can support Red Cross Disaster Relief at www.redcross.org/Colorado by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation via your cell phone bill.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; 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. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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