Hundreds of residents forced out of their homes by the Detwiler Fire are staying in Red Cross evacuation centers.
The Red Cross currently has five open shelters. Jessica Piffero, Red Cross Regional Director of Communications, says the number of evacuees and destroyed structures has prompted the Central California Red Cross chapter to bring in specialized management teams from across the state to Fresno to support the effort.
At this time, Piffero says the fastest and best way to support the Red Cross is with a financial donation. If you would like to donate goods such as food or clothing, there is a drop-off location in Oakhurst in front of the Sierra Star.
Below are locations of evacuation centers open to residents:
EV Free Church: 50443 High School Road, Oakhurst.
Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church: 39696 Hwy 41, Oakhurst.
Mountain Christian Center: 40299 Hwy 49, Oakhurst.
Cesar Chavez Junior High: 161 S. Plainsburg, Planada.
Groveland Community Hall: 18720 Hwy 120, Groveland.
There’s also a Facebook group with over 1,700 members called Detwiler Fire Support Group. The page offers ways to help evacuees, animals and much more.