Christine Welch, Communications Director
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — October 28, 2020 — With Blue Ridge Fire evacuations lifted, the American Red Cross Southern California Region has closed its Temporary Evacuation Point at Chino Hills Community Center. Since opening this Temporary Evacuation Point, Red Cross volunteers have served hundreds of evacuees impacted by the Blue Ridge Fire, providing snacks and meals, hydration, emergency lodging options at nearby hotels, and more.
Anyone affected by the Blue Ridge Fire who is still in need of help can contact 1-800 RED CROSS for assistance.
In response to the Silverado Fire, the Red Cross continues to work with local cities within Orange County to support relief efforts and provide emergency hotel lodging as needed for those displaced by the fire. Those in or near remaining evacuation areas are encouraged to continue visiting their city’s official website or social media channels for the latest information on Temporary Evacuation Centers in their area. The Red Cross is also supporting the Temporary Evacuation Center at El Toro High School.
Returning Home After a Wildfire
- Do not enter your neighborhood or your home until fire officials say it is safe.
- Use caution when entering burned areas as hazards may still exist, including hot spots, which can flare up without warning.
- Avoid damaged or fallen power lines, poles and downed wires.
- Watch for ash pits and mark them for safety—warn family and neighbors to keep clear of the pits.
- Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control. Hidden embers and hot spots could burn your pets’ paws or hooves.
- Follow public health guidance on safe cleanup of fire ash and safe use of masks.
- Wet debris down to minimize breathing dust particles.
- Wear leather gloves and heavy soled shoes to protect hands and feet.
- Cleaning products, paint, batteries and damaged fuel containers need to be disposed of properly.
- Inspect the roof immediately and extinguish any sparks or embers. Wildfires may have left burning embers that could reignite.
- Take precautions while cleaning your property. You may be exposed to potential health risks from hazardous materials.
How to Help
DONATE: The first priority for the Red Cross is to provide shelter and support to those affected, and financial donations are the quickest and best way to get help to those who need it most. Financial donations to the Red Cross help provide shelter, meals, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance during disasters like the Silverado Fire, Blue Ridge Fire and other emergencies. Help people affected by the western wildfires by visiting redcross.org, calling 800-RED CROSS or texting the word WILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
VOLUNTEER: If you have the time, you can make a significant impact as a Red Cross volunteer. Review our most urgently needed volunteer positions at redcross.org/volunteertoday. In the midst of this extremely active wildfire season, hundreds of Red Cross volunteers are helping the thousands of people affected by the wildfires. With the current disasters and the complexities of COVID-19, more help is needed now. Become a Red Cross volunteer today.
STAY INFORMED: Please follow @SoCal_RedCross on Twitter for the latest updates. Visit redcross.org/wildfire for information on how to prepare for, respond to and recover from wildfires.
About the American Red Cross Southern California Region
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid, and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the public to perform its mission. The Red Cross Southern California Region proudly serves San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial Counties. In addition to carrying out disaster preparedness and response programs, blood collection, health and safety training, international services programs and supporting the military community, the Southern California Region provides nutritional counseling through its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in San Diego and helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters through its Prepare SoCal and Prepare San Diego initiatives. For more information, please visit redcross.org/SoCal or cruzrojaamericana.org, or connect with us on Facebook , Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.