Press Release: Roatcap Fire Update: Shelter Remains Open, Red Cross has Served Over 200 Meals

October 25, 2012

Roatcap Fire Update: Shelter Remains Open, Red Cross has Served Over 200 Meals

10:15 a.m., Oct. 25, 2012 — The American Red Cross has served more than 200 meals to evacuees and emergency responders battling the Roatcap Fire in Montezuma county.

Last night, four evacuated residents stayed overnight at the Red Cross shelter at Kemper Elementary, 620 E. Montezuma Ave., in Cortez. The Red Cross will continue to operate the shelter for evacuees and provide feeding and comfort in the community.

All Red Cross assistance is provided free, and is made possible by the generosity of donors. To support the Red Cross in Southwest Colorado, visit and donate to the American Red Cross Southwest Colorado Chapter, or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

The next media briefing will be at 6 p.m. at the Dolores Community Center.

Information about the wildfire can be found on Twitter by following @SanJuanNF or visiting

Press Release: Wetmore Wildfire Forces Evacuations

October 24, 2012

Wetmore Wildfire Forces Evacuations

Florence, CO, Tuesday, October 23, 2012 – A wildfire erupted Tuesday near the town of Wetmore, Colorado which is approximately 20 miles west of Pueblo, Colorado. The fire quickly spread to the northeast driven by 40 to 50 mph winds. Evacuations were ordered for the town of Wetmore and for homes in western Pueblo County. As of 8:00 p.m. MDT the fire had consumed 600-700 acres with at least 12 structures destroyed.

Red Cross volunteers from Pueblo and Fremont Counties were activated around 2:00 p.m. and an evacuation shelter was opened at the First Southern Baptist Church located in Florence at 303 E. 3rd St. Approximately 30 individuals have registered at the Florence shelter. Red Cross is prepared to support evacuees through the night with cots, blankets, food and other support services. A second shelter was opened at the First Church of Nazarene to support those evacuating east toward Pueblo. That shelter is located at 84 Sanford St. in Pueblo.

The community of Florence and others in Fremont County continue to offer additional support for those that have been evacuated. Those with large animals have been asked to take them to the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, or to the Pathfinder Rodeo Arena on Highway 115 between Florence and Canon City.

Disaster Alert: Wildfire in Colorado

October 24, 2012

Disaster Alert

Colorado – A structure fire progressed into an 800 acre wildfire in Custer and Fremont Counties prompting the evacuation of about 175 homes yesterday.

The fire was 0% contained as of yesterday.

The Pikes Peak Chapter opened two shelters for the affected residents.

Press Release: American Red Cross Continues Shelter Operations for Residents Displaced Due To Shockey Fire

September 26, 2012

American Red Cross Continues Shelter Operations for Residents Displaced Due To Shockey Fire
Red Cross will also join partners at Local Assistance Center Wednesday

(Campo, CA- Sept. 25, 2012) – In response to the Shockey Fire, American Red Cross disaster workers are continuing shelter operations at Mountain Empire High School located at 3305 Buckman Springs Road, Pine Valley, 91962.

The Red Cross will also be joining the County’s Local Assistance Center (LAC) for residents who suffered losses in the fire. The LAC will open beginning Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Jacumba Library located at 44605 Old Highway 80, 91934. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26, 27, 28 and 29.

The Red Cross shelter continues to provide for the immediate needs of those affected, including a safe place to stay, food and clothing, emotional support and health services. The shelter will remain open as long as there is a need. Red Cross caseworkers are also beginning to assist those who lost their homes in the fire. Since Sept. 23, the Red Cross has provided 385 meals, 163 snacks and hydration to those displaced by the fire and to first responders.

The local American Red Cross is dedicated to assisting those affected by disasters. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call round-the-clock and are ready to assist in various aspects including disaster assessment, casework, shelter, feeding and more. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter responds to a disaster every 24 hours.

For tips on staying safe before, during and after wildfires, visit

The Red Cross relies on the generous donations of the American people to support our work locally, across the country and around the world. Donations can be made online at, over the phone by calling 858-309-1278 or by mail to 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA, 92123.


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