MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. (KIEM)- The Knob Fire started last night outside Willow Creek. The fire has now grown to almost 300 acres of land and is now just two miles away from town.
The fire is believed to be around four miles from the American Red Cross shelter in Willow Creek. Although the fire is burning in the opposite direction, officials with the shelter believe it is still too close to and they want to relocate to to keep evacuees and volunteers safe.
“Our shelter at Willow Creek Bible Church and it is almost at capacity. We have already identified a second location and when it’s time to move, we are ready to go,” said Andrew Bogar, Red Cross Disaster Program Manager.
The decision has been made to move the evacuees from Willow Creek to the 7th Day Adventist Church in McKinleyville.
The American Red Cross disaster officials say they have been in need for additional volunteers. However now that the Knob Fire has started, the need is even greater for more local volunteers who know the area.