Red Cross shelter established in Yreka for Lava Fire evacuees

Siskiyou County officials said on Tuesday that a Red Cross shelter is now open at Jackson Street School in Yreka.

Posted: Jun 29, 2021 4:54 PM
Updated: Jun 29, 2021 5:28 PM

YREKA, Calif. — A shelter for evacuees from the Lava Fire has been established at Jackson Street School in Yreka, Siskiyou County officials announced on Tuesday.

"For the safety of your community members and first responders, all resident that are under current evacuation orders from the Lava Fire are encouraged to go to the shelter if they do not have a place to go," the county Office of Emergency Services said in a statement.

The following services are said to be available at the Red Cross shelter:

  • A safe place to sleep
  • Meals, snacks and water
  • Health services (for disaster-related conditions), such as first aid, refilling lost prescriptions or replacing lost eyeglasses
  • Emotional support and mental health services
  • Spiritual care
  • Help reconnecting with loved ones
  • Information about disaster-related resources in the community
  • You can also access these services even if you don’t need a place to sleep — anyone with a disaster-related need can visit the shelter to be directed to the appropriate resources. During some emergencies, we may also be able to provide other important services, such as:
    • Access to case workers to help you with disaster recovery
    • Childcare
    • Laundry
    • Direct access to services provided by our partners
  • There is a large parking area available for trailers

Current evacuation areas in Siskiyou County from both the Lava and Tennant fires can be viewed on the interactive map, here. An evacuation shelter for the Tennant Fire has been established at the Dorris City Hall.

Meanwhile, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that the state has secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from FEMA to help ensure that vital resources are available to suppress the Lava Fire in Siskiyou County.

"The FMAG, which is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund on cost-share basis, will assist local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75-percent reimbursement of their eligible fire suppression costs," Newsom's office said.

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