With Rim Fire Evacuations Lifted, Red Cross Closes Shelter

With Rim Fire Evacuations Lifted, Red Cross Closes Shelter
This would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our volunteers and the tremendous community support.

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Tuesday, September 3, 2013 – After more than two weeks, containment of the Rim Fire in Tuolumne County near Yosemite is finally within reach. As crews work to put the finishing touches on one of the largest fires in California history, authorities have lifted evacuation advisories and residents are returning to their homes.

With evacuations now lifted, the American Red Cross has begun the process of closing its shelter at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Residents remaining at the shelter have been notified of evacuation status and shelter closure, and Red Cross volunteers are working with them to ensure their needs are met as they head home to their communities.

“The work at this shelter would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our volunteers and the tremendous support of the community,” said Kathleen Weis, CEO for the Red Cross Capital Region. “When disaster strikes, it’s a comfort to know there are so many willing to help out.”

Since opening the fairgrounds shelter on Monday, August 19:

  • Over 150 Red Cross volunteers have helped staff the Mother Lode Fairgrounds shelter
  • Over 50 area residents provided volunteer services at the shelter
  • Shelter has provided over 950 overnight stays to evacuated residents
  • Red Cross and Mother Lode Lions Club volunteers have served nearly 5,000 meals
  • On Friday, August 23, more than 180 residents stayed at the shelter
  • The Red Cross plans to complete shelter closure by Wednesday afternoon.

    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. The Capital Region serves a twenty-four county territory including Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties. For more information, visit www.redcross.org/capitalregion or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossCRC.