OAKHURST — The American Red Cross of the Central Valley is continuing to care for dozens of residents affected by multiple wildfires throughout the area.
Last night more than 70 residents slept in three Red Cross shelters. The following shelter locations are currently open for anyone impacted by these wildfires:
- Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425B in Oakhurst
- Sierra Vista Presbyterian, 39696 Highway 41 in Oakhurst
- Porterville College, 100 E. College Ave. in Porterville
Red Cross volunteers are on hand at each location, providing residents with a safe place to sleep, hot meals, hygiene items, health services and more.
The Central California Animal Disaster Team is operating a small animal shelter at the Oakhurst Community Center Pavillion. The Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds is open for sheltering large animals.
“Our Red Cross volunteers are working around the clock to make sure everyone facing these evacuations is safe and comfortable,” said Red Cross Executive Director Barry Falke. “We will be here as long as there is a need.”
Evacuation orders are currently in place for the Railroad, Mission, Peak and Pier Fires.
The Red Cross urges everyone to follow evacuation orders from local law enforcement and have an emergency kit ready go for any disaster including wildfires. Visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/wildfire to learn more.
The Red Cross is able to provide disaster relief services during wildfire season thanks to the generosity of the community. The best way to help wildfire relief efforts is through a financial donation. Visit redcross.org to make an online donation to your local chapter.
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