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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lightner Creek Fire Response

Update: Saturday, July 1, 2017, 8:30 PM -  As the needs of the Durango community in relation to the Lightner Creek Fire diminish, and evacuations have been lifted, residents have been advised by county officials of their ability to return home. Notification messages to residents began this evening at 6:00 pm as part of the county communication plan. Residents will return to their neighborhood in two waves, with the final re-entry being at 8:00 AM on Sunday, July 2. 
 
In coordination with La Plata County partners, the Red Cross shelter at Escalante Middle School in Durango will remain open until 10:00 am on Sunday July 2, 2017. Breakfast will be served to those who are waiting for the 8:00 AM re-entry. 

For the latest fire information see: http://durangogov.org

*Total Red Cross Support Statistics for this operation will be updated on Monday July 3, 2017.
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Update: Saturday, July 1, 2017, 10 AM - The Red Cross shelter remains open at the Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane, Durango, CO. Overnight there were 15 people residing in the shelter with a few people staying outside in campers.

Durango residents attend community meeting Friday evening
Photo by Gayle Dixon/American Red Cross
Progress was made on the fire bringing it 29% containment as of Friday evening, June 30. Some residents have been able to return to their homes while others remain on evacuation orders.

Red Cross support statistics -
Number of overnight stays since the shelter was opened - 31 through Friday with another 15 overnight.
Total meals provided - 254
Snacks provided - 628
Comfort/Hygiene kits provided - 177
Number of volunteers and staff supporting the community (including virtual support) - 20


The Red Cross continues to man the shelter with trained volunteers in an effort to provide comfort
Volunteer Janet Neil works at the hygiens supplies table.
Photo by Gayle Dixon/American Red Cross
and support. The shelter will remain open as needed to support the Durango community.

How can you help?
Please do not bring donations to the Red Cross shelter. There is currently ample supplies available to support those people impacted. If there is a need for additional supplies we will broadcast that information on traditional and social media.

Volunteer Clay Weathers holds a case of water. and shows
that there are plenty of supplies on hand. Photo by
Gayle Dixon/American Red Cross
The best way to help is to donate financially to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. A donation to Disaster Relief allows the Red Cross to respond quickly to disasters, big and small. To donate to the Red Cross go

to redcross.org and click on Donate. You can also call 1-800-RedCross and you can text the word redcross to 90999 and a $10 donation will be billed to your mobile phone bill.













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Update: Friday, June 30, 2017, 10 AM - The Red Cross shelter remains open at the Escalante Middle School in Durango. Overnight there were 12 people residing in the shelter with a few people staying outside in campers.

The Red Cross continues to man the shelter with trained volunteers in an effort to provide comfort and support. The shelter will remain open as needed to support the Durango community.

How can you help?
Please do not bring donations to the Red Cross shelter. There is currently ample supplies available to support those people impacted. If there is a need for additional supplies we will broadcast that information on traditional and social media.

The best way to help is to donate financially to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. A donation to Disaster Relief allows the Red Cross to respond quickly to disasters, big and small. To donate to the Red Cross go to redcross.org and click on Donate. You can also call 1-800-RedCross and you can text the word redcross to 90999 and a $10 donation will be billed to your mobile phone bill.

For more information about the fire and community support visit:

 http://durangogov.org/LightnerCreekFire  and follow the sites listed below.

#LightnerCreekFire

STAY SAFE – STAY INFORMED
Please stay updated on fire information and related community issues and resources by following the
social media links below:
Durango Fire & Rescue Facebook and Twitter
City of Durango Facebook page and Twitter
La Plata County Facebook page and Twitter
San Juan Basin Health Department press release for more information, and Facebook and Twitter

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Durango, CO, Thursday, June 29, 2017, 2 PM - The Red Cross has opened a shelter for those people evacuated due to the Lightner Creek Wildfire near Durango, CO.

The shelter was originally opened at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Wednesday evening. At noon on Thursday, the shelter was moved to the Escalante Middle School located at 141 Baker Lane, Durango, CO. The shelter will remain open for as long as the need continues.

La Plata County Fairgrounds will continue to be used but to house the firefighters and the Incident Command Team.

People with pets will need to take them to the La Plata Fairgrounds for temporary housing that is provided by the La Plata County Humane Society,

HOW YOU CAN HELP
The easiest and best way to help at this time is to make a financial donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. You can do that by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, going on line to RedCross.org or by texting the word redcross to 90999. The text will generate a $10 donation that will show up on your phone bill.

IN-KIND DONATIONS
Please do not bring donations to the shelter at the Escalante Middle School. At this time we have sufficient supplies to take care of those people in our shelter and to take care of the fire fighters. Should the need arise for donated items that information will be broadcast through social media and traditional media.

WILDFIRE INFORMATION
Information about the progress of the fire and evacuation requirements are available from the Durango community hotline at 970-385-8700 and at the La Plata County Facebook page at facebook.com/LaPlataCo. Follow the Red Cross on Twitter using @WCORedcross and follow La Plata County usinf @LaPlataCountyCO. 



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