Local Red Cross prepares for evacuations in eastern Humboldt

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The Red Cross has declared a Disaster Relief Operation in California due to the multiple wildfires burning across the state and potential for flash floods in the south.


Today, the Humboldt County chapter was making phone calls to volunteers and sitting in meetings in preparation of the wildfires burning near the eastern county.


Other chapters are also calling volunteers to help out with evacuations and shelters to Yosemite where the Rim Fire burns out of control. Disaster Services Program Manager Chris Jones Koczera said they likely wouldn’t be sent out of the area because there’s a potential for disaster relief here.  


"We're looking at if the Corral Complex fire will continue to grow which will threaten Willow Creek and Hoopa,” she said. “In which case they may be asked to move out of the area or given the opportunity to move out of the area and seek shelter here on the coast."


Anyone interested in volunteering can visit the Red Cross website at http://www.redcross.org