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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Neighbor helping neighbor: A Red Cross response to help a family displaced by a hail storm


By Leila Roche with Photos by Joe Coleman/American Red Cross

On the evening of July 28, the hail storm that impacted much of eastern El Paso County significantly damaged the Value Place Extended Stay where the David and Shelly Tighe and their family of seven were living. What was a disaster of broken windows and dented cars for most impacted their family more significantly.

Since moving to the Colorado Springs, Colo., from Escondito, Calif., two months ago, Shelly and her family had been living at extended stay hotels while building proof of employment and searching for a long-term rental. After the Value Place was incurred significant hail and water damage, they had to leave. The family of seven was in a new city with nowhere else to stay, and hotels across the city were sold out. So, Shelly called the Red Cross for help.

“The Red Cross has been there for us and helped us so much,” said Shelly Tighe. “Thirty years ago, they helped our family when our apartment caught fire. Now, they’ve helped us again when we needed it. I don’t know what we would have done.”


Shelly Tighe sits on a cot at the Red Cross
shelter in Colorado Springs.
On the night of July 28, Shelly was in bed sleeping and her son, Nicholas Tighe, 12, had just finished playing Monster Legends and was plugging in his cell phone. It had been storming all night, so when the hail began it was no surprise, he said.

“It started small, but I didn’t realize it was going to be that bad,” Nicholas Tighe said. “It got bigger and bigger and then – boom! The window shattered. It was scary.”

Nicholas was hit by the hail that came through the window prior to it shattering the window, and after the window shattered the family was able to take shelter in the bathroom until it subsided. They put up a blanket in the window, but the next morning the hotel manager informed them that too much water damage had occurred for hotel guests to stay.

“I called the Red Cross and within 20-30 minutes the same woman I spoke to on the phone was there,” Shelly Tighe said. “Everything was set in motion from there.”

The Red Cross had set up a shelter at the Sunnyside Christian Church near the intersection of Constitution Ave. and N. Murray Blvd., where Shelly and her family were able to stay for two nights until they were able to find lodging accommodations. The Red Cross also provided food for the family that accommodated for allergies and will continue to provide assistance as needed. Shelly also spoke to a Red Cross nurse, and Red Cross volunteers were able to help her set up doctors appointments for herself and one of her sons.

MacKenzie Tighe, 16, makes  her  cot at the
Red Cross shelter in Colorado Springs, Co on 7/26/16.
Michael Beck, a Red Cross volunteer who moved to Colorado Springs three weeks ago, spent a 12-hour day shift at the shelter helping the Tighes with fellow volunteer Keith Marcantel. “[We] spent today ensuring the safety and comfort of our clients as they began their recovery process,” Beck said. “As a team, we showed our clients that there are people in the community who care about them. […] At the heart, it's neighbor helping neighbor.”

Shelly said while the move to Colorado was a huge risk for her family and she had difficulties finding medical care and long-term housing in Colorado Springs’s saturated rental market, she is thankful for the support of the Red Cross and looking forward to her family’s future in the Pikes Peak region.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Red Cross Provides Support for Search and Rescue Effort


Working with our Partners to Support Responders

Denver, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, - The American Red Cross has been providing support for the search and rescue efforts on Green Mountain in Lakewood. Support began on Tuesday when our feeding team from the Mile High area delivered water and snacks along with an evening meal to more than 60 members of the Alpine Rescue Team and volunteers with the search and rescue team. Breakfast was provided this morning by the Red Cross. The Salvation Army provided lunch and will provide dinner this evening.

Big shout out to Whole Foods and Denny’s restaurant for discounting the price of food so that this service could be provided.


The Red Cross of the Mile High Area will continue to monitor the situation and stands ready to provide additional support if needed. 


Friday, July 22, 2016

Red Cross Helping People of Hugo during Water Crisis


By Bill Fortune

Hugo, CO, Friday, July 22, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - The Red Cross is rallying to help the people living in Hugo, Colorado, about 100 miles southeast of Denver. A water crisis developed Thursday with the discovery of contaminates in one water tower. Residents of Hugo have been advised not to drink or use the water.
Sam's employee maneuvers pallet into the Emergency
Response Vehicle. Photo by Larry Cornett/Red Cross


The Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado will deliver a pallet of bottled water to the town this morning and a second pallet will be delivered at midday from the Red Cross of Northern Colorado. If additional water delivers are needed the process will continue. Each pallet contains 72 cases of water equaling 1,726 bottles.

The Red Cross will deliver the pallet of water to the Hugo Community Center, 514 2nd St. Hugo, CO 80821.

The Red Cross responds to approximately 66,000 disasters each year. The best way to help people affected by disasters, both big and small, is to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. People can donate to our Disaster Relief Fund at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or www.redcross.org, or simply text the word redcross to 90999 to donate $10 through your mobile carrier. Charges will apply to your mobile phone bill the following month.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Easing the Hearts and Minds of Military Children

By Bill Fortune

Behavioral Specialist Joe Zutell works with campers
at Camp Corral. Photo by Arnett Luce/Red Cross
The excitement was everywhere. The conversations were lively. The laughter was contagious. The noise level elevated. Kids being kids and doing what kids do best; enjoying the moment and the outdoors, renewing friendships and creating new ones. Five days of non-stop fun and excitement seemingly without a care in the world.

Camp Corral, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, offers a chance for kids to share amazing adventures in the great outdoors through archery, boating, swimming, hiking and just enjoying the fresh air and nature. It provides an opportunity for children to experience new things, make new friend, learn new skills and take risks in a safe environment. The Camp is a free summer camp for the children of wounded, disabled or fallen military members. Founded in 2011 Camp Corral has served over 6,500 children at 23 camps in 19 states.

Campers eat lunch while Red Cross facilitators prepare
for the workshop on Confident Coping. Photo by
Arnett Luce/Red Cross
This year, the American Red Cross in partnership with Camp Corral, rolled out a new Reconnection Workshop designed especially for military kids. Camp Shady Brook, a YMCA camp near Deckers, Colorado, was the first of four camps to host the workshop, Operation 10-4: Confident Coping, that teaches children essential life skills to help them better manage stressful social situation and unique challenges that they face as a military child. Certified Red Cross Behavioral Specialist presented the workshops during “cabin time” at the end of the first two days of camp.

Carol Whitlow, Behavioral Specialist works with
campers at Camp Corral on issues related to stress.
Photo by Arnett Luce/Red Cross

Betty Sullivan works with campers at Camp Corral on
issues related to family stress for military children,
Photo by Arnett Luce/Red Cross
Many times family members didn't know where the dad was going or how long he would be gone. Absences like that can be stressful to the family, especially the children. The Red Cross workshop focused on bolstering strengths that may already exist within the child. Children learn personal strengths for dealing with stress and learn the harm that can be caused by stress. They also learn how to reach out and ask for help when needed. The Red Cross will present the same workshop at three other camps this year hoping to expand to more camps in 2017.




For more information about Red Cross support for military families vist: 

For more information on Camp Corral visit: http://www.campcorral.org.






Thursday, July 14, 2016

Finding Shelter on the Other Side of the Globe

By Molly Cape

Christine and Kevin Patterson
When Kevin and Christine Patterson left New Zealand for a 6-month trip in the United States, they never imagined that they would have ended up in a Red Cross shelter. However, that is exactly what happened to them after the Cold Springs fire forced them to evacuate from the Upper Dream Canyon Campground. After starting their journey in California, they made their way to the campground outside of Nederland. They were drawn by stories of the amazing rock climbing, and they say is “the best in North America.”

When the Cold Springs fire first started, the Pattersons found themselves waking up at night smelling smoke. “We would lie awake at night thinking that this could get very interesting,” said Kevin. After a day of adventure, they were heading back to the campground when they found that the local authorities had blocked off the road leading back to their campsite. They were allowed to quickly gather their belongings. Then, the police directed them to the Red Cross shelter in the East Recreation Center in Boulder. As the Red Cross is an international humanitarian organization, they were familiar with it.

“We are glad that the Red Cross had a shelter for those of us even just traveling through. We were offered food as well as a place to sleep and shower,” said Christine. Kevin and Christine plan to continue traveling through the United States just as they have each year for the past five years. They both said  that this is not the first time they have encountered a unique situation. “We ran across a grizzly bear in Alaska and a landslide in Canada, so we have had a couple of near misses to go along with this wildfire escape in Colorado,” said Kevin.

The East Boulder Shelter housed six individuals the night the Pattersons arrived. All clients received three meals per day, a safe place to sleep, and facilities to take a shower. Campers from Dallas displaced by the fire were also housed at the shelter. In Colorado, natural disasters don’t only displace those who have a permanent residence. 

How You Can HelpT
he best way to help is to donate to the American Red Cross at redcross.org/donate (1-800-REDCROSS), or to a local charity that is providing support for the wildfire response. Please be careful when donating to unknown charities. Check with the Better Business Bureau before donating.

Fire Information
U.S. Forest Service Fire Incident site http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Boulder County Emergency Management - http://www.boulderoem.com/

Wildfire Evacuation Tips
Download the Red Cross EMERGENCY app from your favorite provider or from www.redcross.org/apps
Review wildfire and evacuation tips at www.redcross.org/prepare

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

AMERICAN RED CROSS – DENTAL ASSISTANT TRAINING PROGRAM

By: Cristina Dal Lago

Dentists often rely on assistants to help them with a variety of procedures. Dental assistants perform many tasks, ranging from patient care to maintaining dental records. Dental assistant training program is available from many sources including the American Red Cross.

To fill a growing need for dental assistants, a few American Red Cross chapters have partnered with nearby military bases to offer comprehensive training programs. The Red Cross has designed its dental assistant training program to provide education and training as well as experience.

These programs are made possible for military sponsored (dependent) ID card holders over 18 yrs. old; spouse or child.

The American Red Cross and the Ft Carson
Dental Activity graduated 8 certified Dental
 Assistant's at the Smith Dental clinic
 in Colorado Springs, Co on 6/30/16.
Photo by Joe Coleman/American Red Cross
For example, the Colorado Springs area Red Cross began offering a training program at Ft. Carson through a partnership with the American Red Cross, DENTAC and Evans Community Hospital. Dental assistants aid the dental operator provide more efficient dental treatment by preparing the patient, sterilizing instruments during the procedure, holding a suction device and more. This program provides each student with quality assistant training through classroom study and hands on learning (chair-side) within a dental clinic. It is an intense program in which the duty hours are from 7:00am-4:30pm, M-F for six months (approximately 1,000 hours).

Major Matthew Phillips, a dentist at Fort Carson said “I have been here for 2 yrs. now and I already have been through 2 classes of the program. Before that, I went through another 2 program classes while I was stationed in Germany.”  “It’s a very good program.” said Major Phillips “ I had been always working with graduates from past Red Cross classes and it has been nice to have that Red Cross feedback from them.” 

US Army Ft Carson Smith Dental Clinic 
Certified Dental Assistant Tiffany Brown(l) 
trains Lashette(Shay) Jordan on the 
placement of dental  tools at the clinic.
(Photo by Joe Coleman/American Red Cross)
 “About job’s prospects for the students afterwards, it will be always based on availability and clinic needs,” said Major Phillips. "But we have a pretty successful job placement rate."
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Lashette Jordan, a student in the program said “I always was terrified of dentists, it’s for that I decided to start the Dental Assistant Program; to conquer my fears. I love everything about the program, The program provides an excellent dental care and I am learning more about how important is to take care of your dental needs, for your overall health.” She went on to say, “Doctors and co-workers are very nice. The doctors teach us very well all the skills and job’s procedures.”

“I can’t believe that I got into this program. It has been a great opportunity for me, the start of my career,” said Lashette. “When I finish the program I hope that I can get a job here, if not I certainly will continue volunteering.” 

To start the dental assistant training program, there is an application process that includes filling out the complete application package, writing a one page summary of why you should be selected for the program and completing an interview. Application dates will be posted in all media on Ft. Carson.



Saturday, July 9, 2016

Red Cross Support for Colorado and Wyoming Wildfires

Latest Red Cross Colorado and Wyoming Wildfire Support Information:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 10:00 A.M. Update; Wildfire support continues across the two-state region as fires continue to ignite and threaten homes.

Red Cross volunteers and staff have dispersed across affected areas to help coordinate response and recovery. Our volunteers are embedded with local, state and federal agencies including county emergency operations centers (EOC) and wildfire incident command (IC). Currently there are no shelters or evacuation centers open but several remain on standby.

Hayden Pass Fire: Residents who were evacuated last week are starting to return to their homes as wildfire containment continues to increase. As of this morning the fire was 45 percent contained and crews are optimistic about their progress. Some residents were allowed to return to their homes on Tuesday and the rest of the evacuees are expected to return on Thursday. The latest evacuation information is available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FremontCountySheriffsOffice.

Red Cross and Salvation Army prepare cleanup kits
for Hayden Pass Fire evacuees to use when the return home
The Red Cross with our partners, the Salvation Army, provided cleanup kits to residents who are anticipating reentry. Cleaning up after a wildfire can be a pretty big job. "We want to make sure they have the right things to make it easier," said Larry Cornett, the disaster program specialist for Southeastern Colorado Red Cross. More than 140 cleanup kits were provided. 

Anyone in need of clean up supplies will find them at the Coaldale Fire Department, at the reentry checkpoints and at the Fremont County Office of Emergency Management.
Aircraft drop fire retardant on the Lava Mountain Fire.
Photo courtesy USFS


Wyoming Wildfires: Fires continue blaze across parts of Wyoming with new fire starts daily. The Red Cross opened evacuation centers in Pinedale and Jackson Hole when evacuations were announced. Those centers have been put in standby mode for quick response if needed. Additional evacuation sites are being put on standby just in case any of the new fires start to move in the direction of a community.

For more information about the fires in Wyoming visit the Inciweb site at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/52/  or http://wildfiretoday.com/tag/wyoming.

As people move back to their homes it is important to remember that cleaning up after a wildfire can be difficult and hazardous. Red Cross urges everyone to take extra caution and use protective clothing while cleaning around the property. Visit redcross.org/prepare for tips one cleaning methods.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:00 A.M. Update: Wildfires Rage in Colorado and Wyoming
Red Cross teams have fanned out across the region to provide support for people and communities affected by wildfire. Our teams continued to be embedded with local, state and federal agencies including the Incident Command Posts as requested. At this time there are no shelters or evacuation centers open in Colorado or Wyoming,

Cleanup kit provides a variety of tools to help families
recover. Photo by Bill Fortune/Red Cross
Hayden Pass Fire: The fire containment grew to 35 percent as weather conditions slowed fire growth. Red Cross volunteers worked closely with the Salvation Army to provide cleanup kits for those residents that are able to return to their homes. The cleanup kits provide some of the items that people need to clean up debris and smoke damage. 

At a meeting Monday afternoon residents were told whether or not they could return to their homes today, Each person that picked up a cleanup kit expressed thanks and appreciation for Red Cross support.

Cleanup kits will be available at Cotopaxi School today and at the Coaldale Fire Department in Coaldale as long as supplies last.

SO, what is in a Red Cross cleanup kit? 

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Red Cross supply trailer outside of the Colter Elemerntary
School in Jackson Hole, WY. Photo by American Red Cross
In Wyoming new fires continue to ignite. The Cliff Fire grew on Monday and prompted the opening of an evacuation center due to the evacuation of Granite Canyon.  The evacuation center was opened at Colter Elementary School, 1830 High School Rd in Jackson Homle, WY. That center is now in standby mode to be activated as needed. The evacuation center that was opened for the evacuation center that was opened in Pinedale has also been placed in standby mode.

For more information about the fires in Wyoming visit the Inciweb site at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/52/  or http://wildfiretoday.com/tag/wyoming.

As people move back to their homes it is important to remember that cleaning up after a wildfire can be difficult and hazardous. Red Cross urges everyone to take extra caution and use protective clothing while cleaning around the property. Visit redcross.org/prepare for tips one cleaning methods.

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Monday, July 18, 2016 10:00 A.M. Update: Colorado Fires gaining containment while new fires rage in Wyoming
The Red Cross teams continue to provide support for wildfires in the Colorado and Wyoming Region. We have our volunteers positioned to provide maximum support at Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) and Wildfire Incident Command Posts (ICP) to provide close coordination between the Red Cross, other nonprofit organizations and with local, state and federal agencies. 

Very Heavy Air Transport (VHAT) drops retardent on the
Hayden Pass Fire helping to gain containment. Photo
courtesy USFS.
Hayden Pass Fire: With 30 percent containment on the fire as of this mornings and the hope for monsoonal rainfall later today fire fighters and local authorities are optimistic about the progress being made. Red Cross continues to work closely with Fremont County Emergency Management and local organizations to ensure needs are being met. 

The shelter at the Howard Volunteer Fire Department remains open to provide a cool, safe place for those affected to get meals and information, along with emotional support. Three people stayed at the shelter overnight Sunday which is no change from previous nights.

Important Community Meeting
A community meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the Cotopaxi School in Cotopaxi. The Red Cross and the Salvation Army will have cleanup supplies on hand at the meeting to give to those residents allowed to return to their residents. The cleanup supplies will include mops, brooms, detergents, and protective clothing.

Information about the Hayden Pass Fire:
Twitter using the tag @HaydenPassFire and hashtag #HaydenPassFire. 
Type II Team Public Information Office at 719-315-1625 or by email at HaydenPassFireInfo@gmail.com.   

How Can You Help?
LOCAL NEEDS: As people begin to return to their homes they will be faced with a significant clean up effort. With that in mind, there is a need for paper towel rolls and Fabreze Air Freshener products. If you would like to donate these specific items please contact the Howard Vol Fire Department in Howard.

Monetary donations are being taken at the High Country Bank in Salida, CO. 

Wyoming Wildfires
The Cliff Creek Wildfire caused the evacuation of homes near Jackson Hole so an evacuation center was opened at the Pinedale Middle School in Pinedale, WY. That evacuation center was closed at 9 A.M. Monday. There were no residents at that evacuation center.

Caution is advised if people are going back to property affected by the fire. People should wear protective clothing during cleanup and avoid breathing or touching ash left from the fire. Go to www.redcross.org/prepare for more tips on cleaning up after a fire. You can also get recovery information from our Wildfire and Emergency mobile apps.

Another app is available from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control that focuses on fire activity in Colorado. That app is called Wildfire Watch and is available at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dfpc/wildfire-watch-app.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016 10:00 A.M. Update: Red Cross support continues for the Colorado wildfire. Support requires close coordination with all local, state and federal agencies as well as local community groups. We have volunteers in place at emergency operations centers at the Fremont County EOC in Canon City and the Hayden Pass Fire Incident Command Post (ICP) in Salida. Our teams will be working to provide support where ever it is needed.

Very Heavy Air Transport (VHAT) drops retardant on
the Heydan Pass Fire. Photo courtesy of USFS.
Cold Springs Fire: The fire has reached containment and Red Cross services have scaled back. We stand ready to provide what support the community needs based on requests from Boulder Emergency Management and Bolder County Recovery. This will be the last report for the Cold Springs Fire.

Hayden Pass Fire: The fire continued to grow but at a slower rate. Fire crews have been able to obtain a percentage of containment but there is still a lot of work to do. Red Cross plans for the coming week is to stage cleanup supplies in the area so that when people are allowed to return home they will have appropriate supplies available. We are working closely with The Salvation Army and other partners to help those affected get the items they need.

Overnight three people stayed at the Howard Volunteer Fire Department shelter. 

Red Cross Support statistics
Red Cross Colorado wildfire support statistical information:
Total shelter overnight stays: 602 (includes the Custer County shelter)
Overnight stays last night at Howard Vol Fire Department shelter - 3
Meals provided to date: 2,2375 plus 1,200 snacks
Red Cross staff and volunteers: 64
Contacts for Disaster Mental Health: 102

Caution is advised if people are going back to property affected by the fire. People should wear protective clothing during cleanup and avoid breathing or touching ash left from the fire. Go to www.redcross.org/prepare for more tips on cleaning up after a fire. You can also get recovery information from our Wildfire and Emergency mobile apps.

Another app is available from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control that focuses on fire activity in Colorado. That app is called Wildfire Watch and is available at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dfpc/wildfire-watch-app.

How can I help?
At this time there are ample supplies to take care of most needs. If you want to donate items (cleaning supplies, etc.) please call the Howard Volunteer FD before you purchase items. Cash donations are being taken by High Country Bank in Salida. Donate to help Red Cross disaster relief at www.redcross.org or by calling 1800-REDCROSS.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016 10:00 A. M. Update: Red Cross teams continued to support activities related to the Colorado wildfires. Support requires close coordination with all local, state and federal agencies as well as local community groups. We have volunteers in place at emergency operations centers (EOC) the Fremont County EOC in Canon City and the Hayden Pass Fire Incident Command Post (ICP) in Salida. Our teams will be working to provide support where ever it is needed.

Cold Springs Fire (#ColdSpringsFire) 
As containment grows evacuees have been allowed back into their homes to begin the clean up and recover. Red Cross continues to work closely with Boulder County Recovery to provide cleanup kits, protective clothing and to provide emotional support. Our Disaster Mental Health professionals are available to provide council for people have a hard time dealing with the damage or loss of their home.

For more information about the Disaster Assistance Center and Boulder County recovery resources and services you can:
visit: www.ColdSpringsFireRecovery.org
Call: Boulder County Housing and Human Services at 303-441-1000.
Email: firerecovery@bouldercounty.org 

Hayden Pass Fire
The Hayden Pass Fire continues to grow as the Type II fire team works hard to secure containment. Evacuees were allowed back to their homes for a short period to allow time to clean spoiled food out refrigerators and freezers. It is possible that evacuees will need to be out of their homes for several more days. Red Cross is positioning supplies that will help with the cleanup of homes that have experienced smoke and water damage. Our teams also will continue to support the shelter at Howard Volunteer FD. This shelter is being run by the Howard Volunteer FD and their ladies auxiliary with food support from the Red Cross. 
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The shelter has plenty of supplies and people should not bring supplies to the Howard Fire Station.

Information about the Hayden Pass Fire:
Twitter using the tag @HaydenPassFire and hashtag #HaydenPassFire. 
Type II Team Public Information Office at 719-315-1625 or by email at HaydenPassFireInfo@gmail.com.   

Red Cross Colorado wildfire support statistical information:
Total shelter overnight stays: 599 (includes the Custer County shelter)
Overnight stays last night at Howard Vol Fire Department shelter - 3
Overnight stays at Custer County HS - 0
Meals provided to date: 2,300 plus 1,158 snacks
Red Cross staff and volunteers: 58
Contacts for Disaster Mental Health: 102

Caution is advised if people are going back to property affected by the fire. People should wear protective clothing during cleanup and avoid breathing or touching ash left from the fire. Go to www.redcross.org/prepare for more tips on cleaning up after a fire. You can also get recovery information from our Wildfire and Emergency mobile apps.

Another app is available from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control that focuses on fire activity in Colorado. That app is called Wildfire Watch and is available at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dfpc/wildfire-watch-app.
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Friday, July 15, 2016 10:00 A.M. Update: Our teams continue to support those affected by the wildfires in Colorado. We continue to work closely with local, state and federal agencies to make sure that needs are being met. We have volunteers in place at emergency operations centers (EOC) in Boulder County, Colorado State EOC in Denver, the Fremont County EOC in Canon City and the Hayden Pass Fire Incident Command Post (ICP) in Salida. Our teams will be working to provide support where ever it is needed.

Cold Springs Fire (#ColdSpringsFire)
Remains of a structure burned by Cold Springs Fire
Photo by Ed O'Brien/Red Cross
The shelter at Nederland High School was closed at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 14. The Disaster Assistance Center will be open today until 5:00 p.m. That center can provide access to clean up items and other resources provided by Boulder County Recovery. Red Cross disaster mental health professionals will be on hand to provide help to those struggling to deal with this disaster.

For more information about the Disaster Assistance Center and Boulder County recovery resources and services you can:
visit: www.ColdSpringsFireRecovery.org
Call: Boulder County Housing and Human Services at 303-441-1000.
Email: firerecovery@bouldercounty.org 


Hayden Pass Fore (#HaydenPassFire)
The fire continued to grow over night and was close to 15,000 acres this morning. Red Cross personnel continue to work closely with local, state and federal agencies and with local community partners. Community meetings will be held at Howard today at 4:00 P.M. and in Salida at 6:00 P.M. Our Red Cross teams will be working closely with the Howard Volunteer FD to supper the shelter located at their facility in Howard, CO.  According to Larry Cornett, disaster program specialist for the Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado, "We will be checking in at the shelter several times today, just like every day this week, and through the weekend to make sure there is enough food, water and other supplies to support those people affected by the fire." Three people stayed at the Howard shelter last night.
More than 150 concerned residents from Custer and Fremont
County listen to the Hayden Pass Fire Type II team at
a meeting in Westcliffe, CO. Photo by  Bill Fortune/Red Cross

Information about the Hayden Pass Fire:
Twitter using the tag @HaydenPassFire and hashtag #HaydenPassFire. 
Type II Team Public Information Office at 719-315-1625 or by email at HaydenPassFireInfo@gmail.com. 

Over the next several days it is possible that people will be able to go back to their homes for brief periods to start cleaning things up. The Red Cross recommends the use of protective clothing and face masks when working around fire ashes and with spoiled food. Find more tips at redcross.org/prepare/. The best way to stay informed about any emergency is to download the free Red Cross app called Emergency. We also recommend downloading the free First Aid app. These can be found through your app provider by searching Red Cross. 

Red Cross wildfire support statistical information:
Total shelter overnight stays: 416 (includes the Custer County shelter)
Overnight stays last night at Howard Vol Fire Department shelter - 3
Meals provided to date: 1,845 plus 1,000 snacks
Red Cross staff and volunteers: 55
Contacts for Disaster Mental Health: 102


Thursday, July 14, 2016 10:00 A.M. UPDATE: Nederland Shelter to Close at 2:00 P.M. today.
Support for those affected by the wildfires in Colorado and Wyoming continues. Fire fighters are gaining containment while new fires seem to pop up every day. For the latest wildfire information you can download the Red Cross Wildfire mobile app at www.redcross.org/apps. Another app is available from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control that focuses on fire activity in Colorado. That app is called Wildfire Watch and is available at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dfpc/wildfire-watch-app
A community meeting was held in Cotopaxi Wednesday Night

Cold Springs Fire (#ColdSpringsFire)
As containment grows many residents have been allowed back to their homes. Three people stayed at the Nederland shelter overnight. Residents not able to return home are being supported with other lodging by Boulder County. The shelter in Nederland will close at 2:00 P.M. today. A Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) will take its place to provide additional support for those affected by the fire . Boulder County case workers will be on hand to to help anyone at the shelter who still needs temporary lodging.  The DAC will be open today and Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. In addition to support provided at the DAC in Nederland, people impacted or displaced by the Cold Springs Fire can also:

visit: www.ColdSpringsFireRecovery.org
Call: Boulder County Housing and Human Services at 303-441-1000.
Email: firerecovery@bouldercounty.org 

The Red Cross will have mental health professionals at the DAC in Nederland for anyone that needs some additional emotional support. 


Red Cross service statistics to date:
Total shelter overnight stays: 230  (includes the Custer County shelter)
Meals provided: 378 plus 580 snacks
Red Cross staff and volunteers: 32
Contacts for Disaster Mental Health: 57

Hayden Pass Fire (#HadenPassFire)
The fire continues to grow and fire fighters continue their valiant effort to protect lives and property. The shelter at the Howard Volunteer Fire Department remains open. Five people stayed at teh shelter overnight, up from 3 the night before. The Red Cross will continue to provide support for the shelter that is being run by our partners, Howard Volunteer Fire Department and the Howard Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Red Cross nurses are on scene to help with minor medical needs and mental health professionals are available to provide emotional support.  

The shelter at the Custer County High School in Westcliffe, CO remains open to support the campers from the Rainbow Lutheran Camp. Overnight there were 180 campers at the shelter that is being run by the Custer County Medical Reserve Corp.

A community meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Custer County High School East Gym. 


Supporting information
Red Cross service statistics to date:
Total shelter overnight stays: 230  (includes the Custer County shelter)
Meals provided: 378 plus 580 snacks
Red Cross staff and volunteers: 32
Contacts for Disaster Mental Health: 57

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 10:00 A.M. UPDATE: The Red Cross continues to support shelters for Colorado wildfire activity. Shelters are available for anyone affected by the wildfires. At the shelter people can get meals, take showers and meet with members of the community and with Red Cross volunteers.

Cold Springs Fire (#ColdSpringsFire)
Gizmo is a pet duck shown here with his owner
Muhammed Czeponis. They stayed at the  Nederland
Shelter. Photo by Ed O'Brien/American Red Cross
Red Cross volunteers will be helping people as they go back to their homes as containment grows for the Cold Springs Fire. There is a lot of concern for those homes that have been without electricity for the last few days. Red Cross urges people to take precautions when they go back to their homes. Food that was refrigerated will likely be spoiled. Also urging caution around the home because critters may have sought refuge around homes. 

The Shelter remains open at Nederland High School. Overnight 14 people stayed at the Nederland High School shelter along with a couple dozen firefighters. The shelter is located at 597 County Road 130 in Nederland, CO.

Latest information from Boulder OEM is available on their website

Hayden Pass Fire (#HaydenPassFire) 
Red Cross continues to support this partner shelter. Members of the Howard FD and Howard FD Auxiliary have been working the shelter with Red Cross providing support as needed. Overnight 3 people stayed at the shelter in Howard. The shelter is located at the Howard Volunteer Fire Department, 8274 US-50. There is a community meeting at the Cotopaxi School Gymnasium, 345 County Rd 12, Cotopaxi, CO at 7:00 P.M. so that people can ask questions. 

A shelter has been opened in Westcliffe, CO to help evacuees from the Rainbow Lutheran Camp. This was a precautionary evacuation of about 180 campers. The shelter is located at Custer County High School, 709 Main St. Westcliffe, CO. This shelter is for the campers only and is supported by Custer County Medical Reserve Corps and the Red Cross.

Black Ridge Fire
A new fire near Durango, the Red Cross has teams on standby to support evacuation if required. If evacuation orders are issued the gymnasium at Fort Lewis College has been designated as the evacuation center. 

Supporting information
Red Cross service statistics to date:
Total shelter overnight stays: 44 (does not count the Custer County shelter)
Meals provided 284 plus 580 snacks
Red Cross staff and volunteers: 30
Contacts for Disaster Mental Health: 38

Latest information from Boulder OEM is available on their website

Wildfire preparedness and recovery information is available on two free mobile apps, Emergency and Wildfire. Immediate First Aid information is available on the Red Cross FIRST AID app.These and other Red Cross mobile apps are available from the Red Cross at www.redcross.org/apps or by searching Red Cross on your preferred app provider. 

Post disaster recovery tips from the Red Cross are able at redcross.org/get-help to help with those returning to their homes.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016 2:00 P.M. UPDATE: The shelter located at the East Boulder Recreation Center, 5660 Sioux Dr. has been closed. Residents have found other accommodations or moved to the Nederland High School shelter. 

The shelter at Nederland High School remains open to support the response to the Cold Springs Fire. The shelter at Howard Volunteer Fire Department remains open to support the response to the Hayden Pass Fire.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 10:00 A.M. UPDATE: The American Red Cross continues to support those people affected by the wildfires raging in Colorado. As of 10 A.M. Our volunteers are positioned at state and local Emergency Operations Centers to help coordinate Red Cross services, at shelters to help clients work through this emergency, and at Red Cross chapter offices to provide additional support.
Pets come in all sizes and breeds. This is Gizmo, a pet
duck belonging to one of the families at  the Nederland HS
 shelter. Gizmo is watched by 2 Salvation Army volunteers.
 Photo by Ed Obrien/American Red Cross

There are currently 3 shelters open for those under evacuation requirements:

Cold Springs Fire  (#ColdSpringsFire)
Nederland High School - 597 County Road 130, Nederland.
East Boulder Rec Center - 5660 Sioux Dr., Boulder, CO

Hayden Pass Fire (#HaydenPassFire)
Howard Volunteer Fire Department - 8274 US-50, Howard, CO

Overnight Stays:
Nederland HS - Midnight population 11, down from 13 the previous night
East Boulder Rec Center - Midnight population 4 no change from previous night
Howard Volunteer Fire Department - Midnight population 3. (new shelter)

Red Cross Services:
Meals: More than 100 meals have been provided  along with 480 snacks.
Staffing: 21 Volunteers and staff are assigned to the response.

Inkind Donations:
Red Cross, Fire Management and the communities associated with the wildfire response are asking people NOT to donate items like food, clothing, towels, blankets, etc. There has been an outpouring of in kind items and all of those donations are appreciated, However we are at the point where we have what we need but are unable to accept additional items. This includes the shelter at Nederland High School, fire fighters at both the Cold Springs Fire and the Hayden Pass Fire.

How You Can Help
The best way to help is to donate to the American Red Cross at redcross.org/donate (1-800-REDCROSS), or to a local charity that is providing support for the wildfire response. Please be careful when donating to unknown charities. Check with the Better Business Bureau before donating.

Fire Information
U.S. Forest Service Fire Incident site http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Boulder County Emergency Management - http://www.boulderoem.com/

Wildfire Evacuation Tips
Download the Red Cross EMERGENCY app from
your favorite provider or from www.redcross.org/apps
Review wildfire and evacuation tips at www.redcross.org/prepare

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Monday, July 11, 2016 2:00 p.m. Update:
Red Cross Served lunch to 120 firefighters at the Hayden Pass Fire near Coaldale


Shelter Manager Clark Buck hands out comfort
kits filled with personal hygiene items. Photo by
Catherine Leventhal/Red Cross
The wildfire
fire near Coaldale, CO, named the Hayden Pass Fire, prompted the need to help fire fighters. The Red Cross purchased sub sandwiches, pizza, fruit, snacks and water and delivered it to the Coaldale Community Center for the 120 fire fighters. This was one of the first food breaks they have been able to take and it was greatly appreciated. The Salvation Army will provide an evening meal and breakfast if needed.

An evacuation Center is available for those affected by the Hayden Pass fire. It is located at the Howard Fire Department at 8274 US-50 in Howard.

Two shelters remain open for the Cold Springs Fire in Boulder County. The Salvation Army provided meals for the residents and for some of the fire fighters. Around 30 fire fighters have been provided with a sleeping area and fire fighters that have been on the job for 48 hours finally got a chance to rest.
Cots line the floor and stage ready to accommodate
tired firefighters at the Nederland HS shelter.
Photo by Ed O'Brien/Red Cross

Shelters are located at the Nederland High School, 597 County Rd 130 and at the East Boulder Rec Center, 5660 Sioux Dr., Bolder, Co.

If you are concerned about staying informed on this and other emergency events we recommend that you download the Red Cross app tilted Emergency. This app can help before, during and after an emergency event. You can get preparedness and evacuation information as well as helpful suggestions for recovery. Down load the app for iPhone and Android at www.redcross.org/apps.

If you want to help, scroll down to the Sunday 4:00 PM update for suggestions.
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Volunteers at East Boulder Rec Center. Photo by
Catherine Leventhal/Red Cross

Monday, July 11, 2016 9:00 A.M. Update: Red Cross continues to operate shelters in Nederland and Boulder. Red Cross volunteers have been providing comfort and hope along with food and a safe place to stay. Our partners, the Salvation Army, are providing meals at both shelter locations.

Overnight there were 13 residents at the Nederland High School shelter and 3 people at the East Boulder Rec Center. The Nederlands High School is also sheltering firefighters who have been working the fire over the weekend.

Shelter Locations:
Nederland High School - 597 County Rd 130, Nederland, CO
Wast Boulder Rec Center - 5660 Sioux Dr. Boulder, CO

Small pet facilities are available at both shelters.

 Hayden Pass Fire Information
The Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado has been asked to feed 125 fire fighter working the Hayden Pass fire in Fremont County. Red Cross will provide lunch and our partners, the Salvation Army will provide the evening meal. Fremont County has opened an evacuation center at the Howard Fire Station, 8274 US-50, Howard, CO.

See 4:00 update information about How You Can Help.
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Boulder County Sheriff and Type3 Fire Team
brief residents at Red Cross shelter. Photo by
Chip Frye/Red Cross
Sunday, July 10 5:15 P.M. Update: Red Cross has upgraded the evacuation center to a full overnight shelter. We now have 2 shelters available for people affected by the Cold Springs Fire.

Nederland High School - 597 Eudora Rd, Nederland, CO

East Boulder Rec Center - 5660 Sioux Dr., Boulder, CO

These shelters will provide cots, blankets, personal hygiene items, food and beverages.

If you have been evacuated due to the Cold Springs Fire and need a place to stay tonight please visit one of these shelters.

See 4:00 update information about How You Can Help.

Red Cross opens Evacuation Center in Boulder and Shelter remains open at Nederland HS

Sunday, July 10, 2016, 4:00 P.M. update - The Red Cross has opened an evacuation center at 5660 Sioux Dr., Boulder, CO. This is an evacuation center only at this time. If needed the site can be converted to an overnight shelter but for now it is an evacuation center.

Meanwhile, the overnight shelter remains open at the Nederland High School, 597 Eudora Rd, Nederland, CO.
How can you help? Right now both Red Cross and Fire Departments have enough supplies and manpower. There has been no call for volunteers or for in kind items. Please do not bring donations of food, clothing or personal items to the shelter or the evacuation center. 

The best way to help the Red Cross help those in need is to donate to Disaster Relief at www.redcross.org. If you would like to volunteer with the Red Cross you can apply at the same web site by clicking on VOLUNTEER. If you want to volunteer to help other organizations you can sign up at www.HelpColoradoNow.

Updated information will be posted at this site when available. Follow us on Twitter as @redcrossdenver.

Updated Wildfire Information is available at Boulder County Emergency Management website

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11:45 Update - Over 200 people attended a status briefing at the Red Cross shelter in Nederland. Boulder County Sheriff and the Type 3 Wildland Fire team talked about the fire growth and the possibility of additional evacuation orders.
Updated Wildfire Information is available at Boulder County Emergency Management website

Nederland, CO, Sunday, July 10, 2016, 10:45 a.m.- The American Red Cross shelter remains open to support wildfire evacuees. The shelter is located at Nederland High School, 597 Eldora Rd, Nederland, CO. The shelter is open to provide overnight accommodations for those affected by the Cold Springs Fire. The shelter has cots, blankets, beverages and food. Red Cross volunteers are on scene and will provide water and snacks along with access to wildfire information. The Salvation Army will provide meals at the shelter location through this evening.


Thirteen people stayed at the Nederland HS shelter Saturday night.

Cold Spring Fire evacuees wait for the latest
wildfire information at the Red Cross shelter in
Nederland. Photo by Chip Frye/Red Cross
According to Boulder County Emergency Management, if people need to evacuate horses or other large animals – Arapaho Ranch (1250 Eldora Rd.) can take some and the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont is open to receive animals as well. (9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont)


Updated Wildfire Information is available at Boulder County Emergency Management website




Updated 08:00 a.m. Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Red Cross shelter located at Nederland High School remains open for occupancy. This shelter has a capacity for 575 people with cots, blankets, food and beverage support. The shelter also serves as an information center for the Cold Springs Fire.

There were 13 overnight stays at the shelter. The shelter will remain open as long as the threat of evacuation continues.

Shout out to our partners the Salvation Army, who will provide meals at the shelter today.

According to Boulder County Emergency Management, If people need to evacuate horses or other large animals – Arapaho Ranch (1250 Eldora Rd.) can take some and the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont is open to receive animals as well. (9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont)


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Updated 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2016


Evacuation Center has become an overnight shelter at Nederland High School, 597 Eldora Rd, Nederland, CO. As of 8:00 p.m. there were around a dozen people at the shelter but no indication of how many will stay overnight.




 The shelter is open to anyone affected by the Cold Springs Wildfire. Red Cross volunteers are on scene and will provide cots, blankets, food, beverages and access to wildfire information.

According to Boulder County Emergency Management, If people need to evacuate horses or other large animals – Arapaho Ranch (1250 Eldora Rd.) can take some and the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont is open to receive animals as well. (9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont)


Please Refresh for updated information.

Red Cross Support for Colorado and Wyoming Wildfires

Latest Red Cross Colorado and Wyoming Wildfire Support Information:

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:00 A.M. Update: Wildfires Rage in Colorado and Wyoming
Red Cross teams have fanned out across the region to provide support for people and communities affected by wildfire. Our teams continued to be embedded with local, state and federal agencies including the Incident Command Posts as requested. At this time there are no shelters or evacuation centers open in Colorado or Wyoming,

Cleanup kit provides a variety of tools to help families
recover. Photo by Bill Fortune/Red Cross
Hayden Pass Fire: The fire containment grew to 35 percent as weather conditions slowed fire growth. Red Cross volunteers worked closely with the Salvation Army to provide cleanup kits for those residents that are able to return to their homes. The cleanup kits provide some of the items that people need to clean up debris and smoke damage. 

At a meeting Monday afternoon residents were told whether or not they could return to their homes today, Each person that picked up a cleanup kit expressed thanks and appreciation for Red Cross support.

Cleanup kits will be available at Cotopaxi School today and at the Coaldale Fire Department in Coaldale as long as supplies last.

SO, what is in a Red Cross cleanup kit? 

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Red Cross supply trailer outside of the Colter Elemerntary
School in Jackson Hole, WY. Photo by American Red Cross
In Wyoming new fires continue to ignite. The Cliff Fire grew on Monday and prompted the opening of an evacuation center due to the evacuation of Granite Canyon.  The evacuation center was opened at Colter Elementary School, 1830 High School Rd in Jackson, WY. That center is now in standby mode to be activated as needed. The evacuation center that was opened for the evacuation center that was opened in Pinedale has also been placed in standby mode.

For more information about the fires in Wyoming visit the Inciweb site at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/52/  or http://wildfiretoday.com/tag/wyoming.

As people move back to their homes it is important to remember that cleaning up after a wildfire can be difficult and hazardous. Red Cross urges everyone to take extra caution and use protective clothing while cleaning around the property. Visit redcross.org/prepare for tips one cleaning methods.

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Monday, July 18, 2016 10:00 A.M. Update: Colorado Fires gaining containment while new fires rage in Wyoming
The Red Cross teams continue to provide support for wildfires in the Colorado and Wyoming Region. We have our volunteers positioned to provide maximum support at Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) and Wildfire Incident Command Posts (ICP) to provide close coordination between the Red Cross, other nonprofit organizations and with local, state and federal agencies. 

Very Heavy Air Transport (VHAT) drops retardent on the
Hayden Pass Fire helping to gain containment. Photo
courtesy USFS.
Hayden Pass Fire: With 30 percent containment on the fire as of this mornings and the hope for monsoonal rainfall later today fire fighters and local authorities are optimistic about the progress being made. Red Cross continues to work closely with Fremont County Emergency Management and local organizations to ensure needs are being met. 

The shelter at the Howard Volunteer Fire Department remains open to provide a cool, safe place for those affected to get meals and information, along with emotional support. Three people stayed at the shelter overnight Sunday which is no change from previous nights.

Important Community Meeting
A community meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the Cotopaxi School in Cotopaxi. The Red Cross and the Salvation Army will have cleanup supplies on hand at the meeting to give to those residents allowed to return to their residents. The cleanup supplies will include mops, brooms, detergents, and protective clothing.

Information about the Hayden Pass Fire:
Twitter using the tag @HaydenPassFire and hashtag #HaydenPassFire. 
Type II Team Public Information Office at 719-315-1625 or by email at HaydenPassFireInfo@gmail.com.   

How Can You Help?
LOCAL NEEDS: As people begin to return to their homes they will be faced with a significant clean up effort. With that in mind, there is a need for paper towel rolls and Fabreze Air Freshener products. If you would like to donate these specific items please contact the Howard Vol Fire Department in Howard.

Monetary donations are being taken at the High Country Bank in Salida, CO. 

Wyoming Wildfires
The Cliff Creek Wildfire caused the evacuation of homes near Jackson Hole so an evacuation center was opened at the Pinedale Middle School in Pinedale, WY. That evacuation center was closed at 9 A.M. Monday. There were no residents at that evacuation center.

Caution is advised if people are going back to property affected by the fire. People should wear protective clothing during cleanup and avoid breathing or touching ash left from the fire. Go to www.redcross.org/prepare for more tips on cleaning up after a fire. You can also get recovery information from our Wildfire and Emergency mobile apps.

Another app is available from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control that focuses on fire activity in Colorado. That app is called Wildfire Watch and is available at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dfpc/wildfire-watch-app.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016 10:00 A.M. Update: Red Cross support continues for the Colorado wildfire. Support requires close coordination with all local, state and federal agencies as well as local community groups. We have volunteers in place at emergency operations centers at the Fremont County EOC in Canon City and the Hayden Pass Fire Incident Command Post (ICP) in Salida. Our teams will be working to provide support where ever it is needed.

Very Heavy Air Transport (VHAT) drops retardant on
the Heydan Pass Fire. Photo courtesy of USFS.
Cold Springs Fire: The fire has reached containment and Red Cross services have scaled back. We stand ready to provide what support the community needs based on requests from Boulder Emergency Management and Bolder County Recovery. This will be the last report for the Cold Springs Fire.

Hayden Pass Fire: The fire continued to grow but at a slower rate. Fire crews have been able to obtain a percentage of containment but there is still a lot of work to do. Red Cross plans for the coming week is to stage cleanup supplies in the area so that when people are allowed to return home they will have appropriate supplies available. We are working closely with The Salvation Army and other partners to help those affected get the items they need.

Overnight three people stayed at the Howard Volunteer Fire Department shelter. 

Red Cross Support statistics
Red Cross Colorado wildfire support statistical information:
Total shelter overnight stays: 602 (includes the Custer County shelter)
Overnight stays last night at Howard Vol Fire Department shelter - 3
Meals provided to date: 2,2375 plus 1,200 snacks
Red Cross staff and volunteers: 64
Contacts for Disaster Mental Health: 102

Caution is advised if people are going back to property affected by the fire. People should wear protective clothing during cleanup and avoid breathing or touching ash left from the fire. Go to www.redcross.org/prepare for more tips on cleaning up after a fire. You can also get recovery information from our Wildfire and Emergency mobile apps.

Another app is available from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control that focuses on fire activity in Colorado. That app is called Wildfire Watch and is available at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dfpc/wildfire-watch-app.

How can I help?
At this time there are ample supplies to take care of most needs. If you want to donate items (cleaning supplies, etc.) please call the Howard Volunteer FD before you purchase items. Cash donations are being taken by High Country Bank in Salida. Donate to help Red Cross disaster relief at www.redcross.org or by calling 1800-REDCROSS.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016 10:00 A. M. Update: Red Cross teams continued to support activities related to the Colorado wildfires. Support requires close coordination with all local, state and federal agencies as well as local community groups. We have volunteers in place at emergency operations centers (EOC) the Fremont County EOC in Canon City and the Hayden Pass Fire Incident Command Post (ICP) in Salida. Our teams will be working to provide support where ever it is needed.

Cold Springs Fire (#ColdSpringsFire) 
As containment grows evacuees have been allowed back into their homes to begin the clean up and recover. Red Cross continues to work closely with Boulder County Recovery to provide cleanup kits, protective clothing and to provide emotional support. Our Disaster Mental Health professionals are available to provide council for people have a hard time dealing with the damage or loss of their home.

For more information about the Disaster Assistance Center and Boulder County recovery resources and services you can:
visit: www.ColdSpringsFireRecovery.org
Call: Boulder County Housing and Human Services at 303-441-1000.
Email: firerecovery@bouldercounty.org 

Hayden Pass Fire
The Hayden Pass Fire continues to grow as the Type II fire team works hard to secure containment. Evacuees were allowed back to their homes for a short period to allow time to clean spoiled food out refrigerators and freezers. It is possible that evacuees will need to be out of their homes for several more days. Red Cross is positioning supplies that will help with the cleanup of homes that have experienced smoke and water damage. Our teams also will continue to support the shelter at Howard Volunteer FD. This shelter is being run by the Howard Volunteer FD and their ladies auxiliary with food support from the Red Cross. 
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The shelter has plenty of supplies and people should not bring supplies to the Howard Fire Station.

Information about the Hayden Pass Fire:
Twitter using the tag @HaydenPassFire and hashtag #HaydenPassFire. 
Type II Team Public Information Office at 719-315-1625 or by email at HaydenPassFireInfo@gmail.com.   

Red Cross Colorado wildfire support statistical information:
Total shelter overnight stays: 599 (includes the Custer County shelter)
Overnight stays last night at Howard Vol Fire Department shelter - 3
Overnight stays at Custer County HS - 0
Meals provided to date: 2,300 plus 1,158 snacks
Red Cross staff and volunteers: 58
Contacts for Disaster Mental Health: 102

Caution is advised if people are going back to property affected by the fire. People should wear protective clothing during cleanup and avoid breathing or touching ash left from the fire. Go to www.redcross.org/prepare for more tips on cleaning up after a fire. You can also get recovery information from our Wildfire and Emergency mobile apps.

Another app is available from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control that focuses on fire activity in Colorado. That app is called Wildfire Watch and is available at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dfpc/wildfire-watch-app.
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Friday, July 15, 2016 10:00 A.M. Update: Our teams continue to support those affected by the wildfires in Colorado. We continue to work closely with local, state and federal agencies to make sure that needs are being met. We have volunteers in place at emergency operations centers (EOC) in Boulder County, Colorado State EOC in Denver, the Fremont County EOC in Canon City and the Hayden Pass Fire Incident Command Post (ICP) in Salida. Our teams will be working to provide support where ever it is needed.

Cold Springs Fire (#ColdSpringsFire)
Remains of a structure burned by Cold Springs Fire
Photo by Ed O'Brien/Red Cross
The shelter at Nederland High School was closed at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 14. The Disaster Assistance Center will be open today until 5:00 p.m. That center can provide access to clean up items and other resources provided by Boulder County Recovery. Red Cross disaster mental health professionals will be on hand to provide help to those struggling to deal with this disaster.

For more information about the Disaster Assistance Center and Boulder County recovery resources and services you can:
visit: www.ColdSpringsFireRecovery.org
Call: Boulder County Housing and Human Services at 303-441-1000.
Email: firerecovery@bouldercounty.org 


Hayden Pass Fore (#HaydenPassFire)
The fire continued to grow over night and was close to 15,000 acres this morning. Red Cross personnel continue to work closely with local, state and federal agencies and with local community partners. Community meetings will be held at Howard today at 4:00 P.M. and in Salida at 6:00 P.M. Our Red Cross teams will be working closely with the Howard Volunteer FD to supper the shelter located at their facility in Howard, CO.  According to Larry Cornett, disaster program specialist for the Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado, "We will be checking in at the shelter several times today, just like every day this week, and through the weekend to make sure there is enough food, water and other supplies to support those people affected by the fire." Three people stayed at the Howard shelter last night.
More than 150 concerned residents from Custer and Fremont
County listen to the Hayden Pass Fire Type II team at
a meeting in Westcliffe, CO. Photo by  Bill Fortune/Red Cross

Information about the Hayden Pass Fire:
Twitter using the tag @HaydenPassFire and hashtag #HaydenPassFire. 
Type II Team Public Information Office at 719-315-1625 or by email at HaydenPassFireInfo@gmail.com. 

Over the next several days it is possible that people will be able to go back to their homes for brief periods to start cleaning things up. The Red Cross recommends the use of protective clothing and face masks when working around fire ashes and with spoiled food. Find more tips at redcross.org/prepare/. The best way to stay informed about any emergency is to download the free Red Cross app called Emergency. We also recommend downloading the free First Aid app. These can be found through your app provider by searching Red Cross. 

Red Cross wildfire support statistical information:
Total shelter overnight stays: 416 (includes the Custer County shelter)
Overnight stays last night at Howard Vol Fire Department shelter - 3
Meals provided to date: 1,845 plus 1,000 snacks
Red Cross staff and volunteers: 55
Contacts for Disaster Mental Health: 102


Thursday, July 14, 2016 10:00 A.M. UPDATE: Nederland Shelter to Close at 2:00 P.M. today.
Support for those affected by the wildfires in Colorado and Wyoming continues. Fire fighters are gaining containment while new fires seem to pop up every day. For the latest wildfire information you can download the Red Cross Wildfire mobile app at www.redcross.org/apps. Another app is available from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control that focuses on fire activity in Colorado. That app is called Wildfire Watch and is available at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dfpc/wildfire-watch-app
A community meeting was held in Cotopaxi Wednesday Night

Cold Springs Fire (#ColdSpringsFire)
As containment grows many residents have been allowed back to their homes. Three people stayed at the Nederland shelter overnight. Residents not able to return home are being supported with other lodging by Boulder County. The shelter in Nederland will close at 2:00 P.M. today. A Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) will take its place to provide additional support for those affected by the fire . Boulder County case workers will be on hand to to help anyone at the shelter who still needs temporary lodging.  The DAC will be open today and Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. In addition to support provided at the DAC in Nederland, people impacted or displaced by the Cold Springs Fire can also:

visit: www.ColdSpringsFireRecovery.org
Call: Boulder County Housing and Human Services at 303-441-1000.
Email: firerecovery@bouldercounty.org 

The Red Cross will have mental health professionals at the DAC in Nederland for anyone that needs some additional emotional support. 


Red Cross service statistics to date:
Total shelter overnight stays: 230  (includes the Custer County shelter)
Meals provided: 378 plus 580 snacks
Red Cross staff and volunteers: 32
Contacts for Disaster Mental Health: 57

Hayden Pass Fire (#HadenPassFire)
The fire continues to grow and fire fighters continue their valiant effort to protect lives and property. The shelter at the Howard Volunteer Fire Department remains open. Five people stayed at teh shelter overnight, up from 3 the night before. The Red Cross will continue to provide support for the shelter that is being run by our partners, Howard Volunteer Fire Department and the Howard Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Red Cross nurses are on scene to help with minor medical needs and mental health professionals are available to provide emotional support.  

The shelter at the Custer County High School in Westcliffe, CO remains open to support the campers from the Rainbow Lutheran Camp. Overnight there were 180 campers at the shelter that is being run by the Custer County Medical Reserve Corp.

A community meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Custer County High School East Gym. 


Supporting information
Red Cross service statistics to date:
Total shelter overnight stays: 230  (includes the Custer County shelter)
Meals provided: 378 plus 580 snacks
Red Cross staff and volunteers: 32
Contacts for Disaster Mental Health: 57

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 10:00 A.M. UPDATE: The Red Cross continues to support shelters for Colorado wildfire activity. Shelters are available for anyone affected by the wildfires. At the shelter people can get meals, take showers and meet with members of the community and with Red Cross volunteers.

Cold Springs Fire (#ColdSpringsFire)
Gizmo is a pet duck shown here with his owner
Muhammed Czeponis. They stayed at the  Nederland
Shelter. Photo by Ed O'Brien/American Red Cross
Red Cross volunteers will be helping people as they go back to their homes as containment grows for the Cold Springs Fire. There is a lot of concern for those homes that have been without electricity for the last few days. Red Cross urges people to take precautions when they go back to their homes. Food that was refrigerated will likely be spoiled. Also urging caution around the home because critters may have sought refuge around homes. 

The Shelter remains open at Nederland High School. Overnight 14 people stayed at the Nederland High School shelter along with a couple dozen firefighters. The shelter is located at 597 County Road 130 in Nederland, CO.

Latest information from Boulder OEM is available on their website

Hayden Pass Fire (#HaydenPassFire) 
Red Cross continues to support this partner shelter. Members of the Howard FD and Howard FD Auxiliary have been working the shelter with Red Cross providing support as needed. Overnight 3 people stayed at the shelter in Howard. The shelter is located at the Howard Volunteer Fire Department, 8274 US-50. There is a community meeting at the Cotopaxi School Gymnasium, 345 County Rd 12, Cotopaxi, CO at 7:00 P.M. so that people can ask questions. 

A shelter has been opened in Westcliffe, CO to help evacuees from the Rainbow Lutheran Camp. This was a precautionary evacuation of about 180 campers. The shelter is located at Custer County High School, 709 Main St. Westcliffe, CO. This shelter is for the campers only and is supported by Custer County Medical Reserve Corps and the Red Cross.

Black Ridge Fire
A new fire near Durango, the Red Cross has teams on standby to support evacuation if required. If evacuation orders are issued the gymnasium at Fort Lewis College has been designated as the evacuation center. 

Supporting information
Red Cross service statistics to date:
Total shelter overnight stays: 44 (does not count the Custer County shelter)
Meals provided 284 plus 580 snacks
Red Cross staff and volunteers: 30
Contacts for Disaster Mental Health: 38

Latest information from Boulder OEM is available on their website

Wildfire preparedness and recovery information is available on two free mobile apps, Emergency and Wildfire. Immediate First Aid information is available on the Red Cross FIRST AID app.These and other Red Cross mobile apps are available from the Red Cross at www.redcross.org/apps or by searching Red Cross on your preferred app provider. 

Post disaster recovery tips from the Red Cross are able at redcross.org/get-help to help with those returning to their homes.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016 2:00 P.M. UPDATE: The shelter located at the East Boulder Recreation Center, 5660 Sioux Dr. has been closed. Residents have found other accommodations or moved to the Nederland High School shelter. 

The shelter at Nederland High School remains open to support the response to the Cold Springs Fire. The shelter at Howard Volunteer Fire Department remains open to support the response to the Hayden Pass Fire.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 10:00 A.M. UPDATE: The American Red Cross continues to support those people affected by the wildfires raging in Colorado. As of 10 A.M. Our volunteers are positioned at state and local Emergency Operations Centers to help coordinate Red Cross services, at shelters to help clients work through this emergency, and at Red Cross chapter offices to provide additional support.
Pets come in all sizes and breeds. This is Gizmo, a pet
duck belonging to one of the families at  the Nederland HS
 shelter. Gizmo is watched by 2 Salvation Army volunteers.
 Photo by Ed Obrien/American Red Cross

There are currently 3 shelters open for those under evacuation requirements:

Cold Springs Fire  (#ColdSpringsFire)
Nederland High School - 597 County Road 130, Nederland.
East Boulder Rec Center - 5660 Sioux Dr., Boulder, CO

Hayden Pass Fire (#HaydenPassFire)
Howard Volunteer Fire Department - 8274 US-50, Howard, CO

Overnight Stays:
Nederland HS - Midnight population 11, down from 13 the previous night
East Boulder Rec Center - Midnight population 4 no change from previous night
Howard Volunteer Fire Department - Midnight population 3. (new shelter)

Red Cross Services:
Meals: More than 100 meals have been provided  along with 480 snacks.
Staffing: 21 Volunteers and staff are assigned to the response.

Inkind Donations:
Red Cross, Fire Management and the communities associated with the wildfire response are asking people NOT to donate items like food, clothing, towels, blankets, etc. There has been an outpouring of in kind items and all of those donations are appreciated, However we are at the point where we have what we need but are unable to accept additional items. This includes the shelter at Nederland High School, fire fighters at both the Cold Springs Fire and the Hayden Pass Fire.

How You Can Help
The best way to help is to donate to the American Red Cross at redcross.org/donate (1-800-REDCROSS), or to a local charity that is providing support for the wildfire response. Please be careful when donating to unknown charities. Check with the Better Business Bureau before donating.

Fire Information
U.S. Forest Service Fire Incident site http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Boulder County Emergency Management - http://www.boulderoem.com/

Wildfire Evacuation Tips
Download the Red Cross EMERGENCY app from
your favorite provider or from www.redcross.org/apps
Review wildfire and evacuation tips at www.redcross.org/prepare

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Monday, July 11, 2016 2:00 p.m. Update:
Red Cross Served lunch to 120 firefighters at the Hayden Pass Fire near Coaldale


Shelter Manager Clark Buck hands out comfort
kits filled with personal hygiene items. Photo by
Catherine Leventhal/Red Cross
The wildfire
fire near Coaldale, CO, named the Hayden Pass Fire, prompted the need to help fire fighters. The Red Cross purchased sub sandwiches, pizza, fruit, snacks and water and delivered it to the Coaldale Community Center for the 120 fire fighters. This was one of the first food breaks they have been able to take and it was greatly appreciated. The Salvation Army will provide an evening meal and breakfast if needed.

An evacuation Center is available for those affected by the Hayden Pass fire. It is located at the Howard Fire Department at 8274 US-50 in Howard.

Two shelters remain open for the Cold Springs Fire in Boulder County. The Salvation Army provided meals for the residents and for some of the fire fighters. Around 30 fire fighters have been provided with a sleeping area and fire fighters that have been on the job for 48 hours finally got a chance to rest.
Cots line the floor and stage ready to accommodate
tired firefighters at the Nederland HS shelter.
Photo by Ed O'Brien/Red Cross

Shelters are located at the Nederland High School, 597 County Rd 130 and at the East Boulder Rec Center, 5660 Sioux Dr., Bolder, Co.

If you are concerned about staying informed on this and other emergency events we recommend that you download the Red Cross app tilted Emergency. This app can help before, during and after an emergency event. You can get preparedness and evacuation information as well as helpful suggestions for recovery. Down load the app for iPhone and Android at www.redcross.org/apps.

If you want to help, scroll down to the Sunday 4:00 PM update for suggestions.
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Volunteers at East Boulder Rec Center. Photo by
Catherine Leventhal/Red Cross

Monday, July 11, 2016 9:00 A.M. Update: Red Cross continues to operate shelters in Nederland and Boulder. Red Cross volunteers have been providing comfort and hope along with food and a safe place to stay. Our partners, the Salvation Army, are providing meals at both shelter locations.

Overnight there were 13 residents at the Nederland High School shelter and 3 people at the East Boulder Rec Center. The Nederlands High School is also sheltering firefighters who have been working the fire over the weekend.

Shelter Locations:
Nederland High School - 597 County Rd 130, Nederland, CO
Wast Boulder Rec Center - 5660 Sioux Dr. Boulder, CO

Small pet facilities are available at both shelters.

 Hayden Pass Fire Information
The Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado has been asked to feed 125 fire fighter working the Hayden Pass fire in Fremont County. Red Cross will provide lunch and our partners, the Salvation Army will provide the evening meal. Fremont County has opened an evacuation center at the Howard Fire Station, 8274 US-50, Howard, CO.

See 4:00 update information about How You Can Help.
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Boulder County Sheriff and Type3 Fire Team
brief residents at Red Cross shelter. Photo by
Chip Frye/Red Cross
Sunday, July 10 5:15 P.M. Update: Red Cross has upgraded the evacuation center to a full overnight shelter. We now have 2 shelters available for people affected by the Cold Springs Fire.

Nederland High School - 597 Eudora Rd, Nederland, CO

East Boulder Rec Center - 5660 Sioux Dr., Boulder, CO

These shelters will provide cots, blankets, personal hygiene items, food and beverages.

If you have been evacuated due to the Cold Springs Fire and need a place to stay tonight please visit one of these shelters.

See 4:00 update information about How You Can Help.

Red Cross opens Evacuation Center in Boulder and Shelter remains open at Nederland HS

Sunday, July 10, 2016, 4:00 P.M. update - The Red Cross has opened an evacuation center at 5660 Sioux Dr., Boulder, CO. This is an evacuation center only at this time. If needed the site can be converted to an overnight shelter but for now it is an evacuation center.

Meanwhile, the overnight shelter remains open at the Nederland High School, 597 Eudora Rd, Nederland, CO.
How can you help? Right now both Red Cross and Fire Departments have enough supplies and manpower. There has been no call for volunteers or for in kind items. Please do not bring donations of food, clothing or personal items to the shelter or the evacuation center. 

The best way to help the Red Cross help those in need is to donate to Disaster Relief at www.redcross.org. If you would like to volunteer with the Red Cross you can apply at the same web site by clicking on VOLUNTEER. If you want to volunteer to help other organizations you can sign up at www.HelpColoradoNow.

Updated information will be posted at this site when available. Follow us on Twitter as @redcrossdenver.

Updated Wildfire Information is available at Boulder County Emergency Management website

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11:45 Update - Over 200 people attended a status briefing at the Red Cross shelter in Nederland. Boulder County Sheriff and the Type 3 Wildland Fire team talked about the fire growth and the possibility of additional evacuation orders.
Updated Wildfire Information is available at Boulder County Emergency Management website

Nederland, CO, Sunday, July 10, 2016, 10:45 a.m.- The American Red Cross shelter remains open to support wildfire evacuees. The shelter is located at Nederland High School, 597 Eldora Rd, Nederland, CO. The shelter is open to provide overnight accommodations for those affected by the Cold Springs Fire. The shelter has cots, blankets, beverages and food. Red Cross volunteers are on scene and will provide water and snacks along with access to wildfire information. The Salvation Army will provide meals at the shelter location through this evening.


Thirteen people stayed at the Nederland HS shelter Saturday night.

Cold Spring Fire evacuees wait for the latest
wildfire information at the Red Cross shelter in
Nederland. Photo by Chip Frye/Red Cross
According to Boulder County Emergency Management, if people need to evacuate horses or other large animals – Arapaho Ranch (1250 Eldora Rd.) can take some and the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont is open to receive animals as well. (9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont)


Updated Wildfire Information is available at Boulder County Emergency Management website




Updated 08:00 a.m. Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Red Cross shelter located at Nederland High School remains open for occupancy. This shelter has a capacity for 575 people with cots, blankets, food and beverage support. The shelter also serves as an information center for the Cold Springs Fire.

There were 13 overnight stays at the shelter. The shelter will remain open as long as the threat of evacuation continues.

Shout out to our partners the Salvation Army, who will provide meals at the shelter today.

According to Boulder County Emergency Management, If people need to evacuate horses or other large animals – Arapaho Ranch (1250 Eldora Rd.) can take some and the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont is open to receive animals as well. (9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont)


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Updated 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2016


Evacuation Center has become an overnight shelter at Nederland High School, 597 Eldora Rd, Nederland, CO. As of 8:00 p.m. there were around a dozen people at the shelter but no indication of how many will stay overnight.




 The shelter is open to anyone affected by the Cold Springs Wildfire. Red Cross volunteers are on scene and will provide cots, blankets, food, beverages and access to wildfire information.

According to Boulder County Emergency Management, If people need to evacuate horses or other large animals – Arapaho Ranch (1250 Eldora Rd.) can take some and the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont is open to receive animals as well. (9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont)


Please Refresh for updated information.