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Red Cross offering comfort to evacuees as wildfires rage across Oregon

WARM SPRINGS, OR, (KPTV) -

The evacuations around Warm Springs due to the County Line 2 Fire has the Red Cross stepping in to help displaced residents.

Already, dozens of people have turned to them for help.

This is what the Red Cross does best, but this wildfire season is certainly testing their skills. As the County Line 2 Fire grows, so does the number of evacuees.

Some home owners and guests at the Kah-Nee-Ta resort had no choice but to evacuate Friday, but luckily, they did have a choice of where to go.

"The Red Cross is there in the community as a resource for people, as a safe place, to get a meal, water, information," Red Cross Cascades region CEO Amy Shlossman said.

A Red Cross evacuee shelter was set up in Warm Springs, and Thursday night 100 people showed up, with 30 spending the night.

Shlossman said her team has facilities identified across the country, ready to be transformed into a shelter at a moment's notice, and volunteers are prepared to do it.

"We have an amazing core of volunteers that are ready to deploy, whether it's the middle of the night or the middle of the day, to help stand up shelters and take care of the communities that are impacted by these wildfires." she said.

With food donations from Fred Meyer and other local companies, families forced to evacuate are getting some comforts of home, but Red Cross officials know that the need this summer is far from over.

“It’s been a very active summer for us,” Shlossman said. “Over the last few weeks, the Red Cross has responded to over 100 local disasters."

Friday night, the Red Cross had to relocate the Warms Springs shelter to the Jefferson County Fairplex in Madras. They also has a shelter set up in Baker City due to wildfires.

If you'd like to volunteer or donate, just go to RedCross.org.

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