American Red Cross Sends Local Volunteers to Aid Eastern Washington Wildfire Response

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Aerial photo of Washington wildfires (KOMO News, Seattle).

~Capital Region deploys 16 volunteers to Washington for wildfire relief~

The Carlton Complex fires in eastern Washington has so far burned more than 280,000 acres and destroyed more than 150 homes. Red Cross disaster relief efforts are underway as volunteers from around the country are responding to provide shelter for evacuated residents and emergency relief for all those affected. Continue reading American Red Cross Sends Local Volunteers to Aid Eastern Washington Wildfire Response

Wildfire Season in the Capital Region – Bully Fire

Written by Red Cross Volunteer, Caroline Nilsson

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Volunteers Racheal Jostock, Jill Davidson and Rose Nobili unloading supplies at the Bully Fire shelter. Photo by Caroline Nilsson

~UPDATE: As of July 17, 7:00am, evacuations had been lifted and Bully Fire shelter is now closed~

After three consecutive years of California drought, fires start easily.  The Bully Fire in Shasta County has burned more than 10,000 acres so far, forcing the residents of the Trinity Alps Preserve to flee their homes.  The American Red Cross is here, offering shelter and comfort to those who have been evacuated. Continue reading Wildfire Season in the Capital Region – Bully Fire

Red Cross Urges Safety and Preparedness as Busy, Drought-Fueled Wildfire Season Continues

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Bully Fire (Shasta County). AP Photo/The Record Searchlight, Greg Barnette

As California continues to endure an historic drought, summer heat and exceptionally dry conditions have given way to numerous wildfires throughout the state. In the Capital Region, firefighters continue to battle the Bully Fire in Shasta County, which has burned more than 8,700 acres.

Red Cross volunteers are currently operating an evacuation shelter at the Igo-Oso Elementary School in the town of Igo, where we are providing shelter, food, and emergency resources for evacuated residents.

The Bully Fire is the latest incident to impact our state and region, highlighting just how vulnerable our communities are to the dangers of wildfires. Continue reading Red Cross Urges Safety and Preparedness as Busy, Drought-Fueled Wildfire Season Continues

Red Cross Issues Top Ten Ways to Be Safe When Swimming Over 4th of July Holiday

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The long Fourth of July weekend is here and many people will spend part of their holiday at a backyard or community pool. The American Red Cross is issuing ten steps people should take to be safe while poolside.

A recent Red Cross survey found that eight out of ten Americans are planning water activities such as going to the beach, pool, water park, or boating or fishing this summer. A third (32 percent) of all Americans plan to swim at a place without a lifeguard. The Red Cross has launched an anti-drowning campaign this summer that promotes swim lessons and safe swimming. Continue reading Red Cross Issues Top Ten Ways to Be Safe When Swimming Over 4th of July Holiday

Red Cross Issues Top 4th of July Safety Steps for Travel, Grilling and Fireworks

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This Fourth of July weekend, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill or enjoying fireworks, and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend. Continue reading Red Cross Issues Top 4th of July Safety Steps for Travel, Grilling and Fireworks