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Wildfire Evacuees Take Refuge in Red Cross Shelters

ALL individuals who are evacuating or have been evacuated are encouraged to register themselves on the Safe and Well website at

Fires in Southern California
Fires in Southern California have been burning since Monday
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(SAN DIEGO) - Approximately 3,500 people were registered overnight Monday in Red Cross shelters, with more people outside accessing Red Cross services.

These facilities will remain open as long as there is a need. Residents will be provided a safe place to stay, drinks and meals, and basic health services at these locations. Additional shelters are being opened and operated by municipal and partner organizations. Residents in the potential path of fire should monitor local media for the latest information about services, or call 211 San Diego.

Residents with large animals are instructed to take them to the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, located at Highway 67 and Mapleview Street, OR the San Diego County Fairgrounds in Del Mar.

Residents are urged to place their household pets in carriers or crates plus supplies such as food and leashes if they are brought to Red Cross shelters. Bring all necessary daily medications, supplies for your children, and any other critically needed items for the next 24 to 72 hours with you to the shelter.

The Red Cross advises all residents to heed any evacuation orders immediately. For the latest information, please return to the American Red Cross website at under the "Current News" section on the home page. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

ALL individuals who are evacuating or have been evacuated are encouraged to register themselves on the Safe and Well website at If they are not able to register, they may call 800-REDCROSS and a call agent will assist them with registering themselves on the website.

For additional information about resources, please call 211 San Diego. Dial 211, or 1-858-300-1211.

Individuals who wish to volunteer can go to the Red Cross Spontaneous Volunteer Center at Horizon Christian Fellowship, 5331 Mt. Alifan Drive (one block south of Balboa and Genesee) in the Clairemont area. Center hours of operation are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM until further notice. Individuals can also call and leave contact information at 858-309-1261. Over 1,700 new volunteers were processed through the center Monday.

American Red Cross shelter locations Escondido High School, 1535 North Broadway (Thomas Brothers Map Page 1109, H-6)

Santana High School, 9915 Magnolia Avenue, Santee (Thomas Brothers Map Page 1231, E-4).

Mira Mesa High School, 10510 Reagan Road (off Mira Mesa Boulevard). The Poway High School shelter is CLOSED.

Steele Canyon High School, 12440 Campo Road, Spring Valley (Thomas Brothers Map Page 1272, B-7)

Campo Community Center, 976 Sheridan Road, Campo The best way to support relief efforts is to make a secure financial donation via this website. The Red Cross is NOT able to accept individual donations of goods at this time. Please direct your donations to our partners at the Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries, and the San Diego Food Bank.

Find out how you can help American Red Cross response efforts.

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