Yarnell Fire: Red Cross opens two shelters for wildfire evacuees

PRESCOTT, AZ - The Red Cross - Grand Canyon Chapter is stepping in to help those affected by a wildfire that rapidly spread over the weekend.

Brian Gomez, spokesman for the Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter, said the organization has set up two locations -- one in Prescott and one in Wickenburg for those affected by the Yarnell Hill wildfire.

The Prescott evacuation center is located at the Yavapai Community College, 1100 E. Sheldon Street.

The Wickenburg evacuation center is located at Wickenburg High School, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Road.

Gomez said 62 evacuees were taking at the Yavapai location as of noon on Monday. Thirty-eight people spent the night at the Yavapai evacuation center in Prescott, Ariz. and seven people were at the Wickenburg location. Earlier in the evening as many as 30 people made their way to the Wickenburg location. A Gomez described the atmosphere Sunday night as "somber" as soon as word came in that 19 firefighters had been killed.

At the same time, Gomez also said the shelter was calm even though evacuees are trying to digest the events that have unfolded, while also concerned about their own properties.

Gomex said both locations were have a "steady flow" of people throughout the day coming in for a meal or to seek information.

Gomez said that the shelters will be operating until the evacuation orders are listed.

The centers have food, snacks, water and beds set up for evacuees. In the next couple of days, they will hopefully have maps to outline where the fire have started and which subdivisions have been affected.

The Red Cross is not accepting any physical donations, such as food or blankets right now. However, those who wish to make a monetary donation can do so at the Grand Canyon chapter website.

The 100 Club of Arizona has set up a memorial page of the those members of the hot shot crew killed. They are accepting monetary donations through their website.

ABC15 will be hosting a phone bank on TONIGHT from 4 -7 p.m. Call 1-855-522-1515 to make your donation. The phone lines will open at 4 p.m.

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