Dozens spend night at Red Cross shelters in Wickenburg, Prescott

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 2 at 7:58 PM

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- A spokesman with the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter said dozens of people evacuated from their homes due to the Yarnell Hill Fire spent Monday night at shelters in Wickenburg and Prescott.

Brian Gomez said 41 people spent the night at the Red Cross shelter at Yavapai College in Prescott and five people stayed at the shelter at Wickenburg High School. About 40 people are expected to spend Tuesday night at the Prescott shelter and about 15 people are expected at the Wickenburg shelter.

The American Red Cross is transitioning its shelter in Kingman into a cooling station to assist people evacuated because of the Dean Peak Fire, which is burning in the Hualapai Mountains about 10 miles southeast of Kingman.

The shelter will close at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kingman High School, and the cooling station will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Evacuated residents wishing to get out of the heat can go there for snacks, water and coffee.

If needed, the Red Cross will convert the cooling station back into a shelter, at which time Red Cross volunteers would set up cots and blankets for overnight stays, with evacuated residents then getting meals and aid from Red Cross nurses and mental health volunteers.

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