SACRAMENTO, CA (August 22, 2020) — The American Red Cross mobilized several teams this week in response to multiple fires throughout the California Gold Country Region. Right now, Red Cross volunteers and staff are supporting evacuees with noncongregate sheltering sites, water, snacks meals, and virtual health and mental health services.
As of last night, nearly 400 evacuees stayed in Red Cross, county, and independent shelters throughout the region. We have also assisted more than 200 individuals by placing them in local hotels.
For details on locations for shelters and temporary evacuations points, please visit this site.
Wildfires can occur anywhere in the country and can occur at any time throughout the year. The potential is always higher during periods with little or no rainfall, which make brush, grass, and trees dry and burn more easily. High winds can also contribute to spreading a fire.
If you live in a wildfire-prone area, prepare now, and work with your neighbors to build a fire-adapted community. Understand that your planning may be different this year because of the need to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. COVID-19 impacts us all, including firefighters, and an increase in infections may compromise their ability to respond to wildfires. Now more than ever we need to prepare ourselves and our communities for wildfires while taking recommended actions to protect one another from COVID-19.
"We are in the midst of a wildfire season here in Northern California. Many members of our community are currently evacuated on both sides of the valley. This is a reminder for all of us to be prepared, should we have to leave our homes.” Said Nuriddin Ziyadinov, Executive Director of Northern California Chapter of Red Cross. “Make sure you have your emergency go-bags ready and listen to local law enforcement for potential evacuations in your area”.
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About the American Red Cross California Gold Country Region
The California Gold Country Region serves a twenty-six county territory including Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties. For more information, visit redcross.org/GoldCountry. Stay up to date by following us on social media (@ARCGoldCountry).