Red Cross opens shelter in Prescott after wildfire forces evacuations
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has opened a shelter at Yavapai College in Prescott for residents who have been evacuated by the Doce Fire.
The wind-whipped wildfire has grown to an estimated 5,000 acres and burned to within 400 yards of some homes west of Prescott.
The shelter can house as many as 330 people inside the gymnasium located at 1100 E. Sheldon Street.
Red Cross volunteers have set up cots and blankets for overnight stays, and evacuated residents can come to the shelter for meals, snacks, water and coffee. Evacuated residents also can receive aid from Red Cross nurses and mental health volunteers.
According to the Prescott Daily Courier, Prescott-area sports venues are teaming up to help with the Doce wildfire. Both the Prescott Rodeo Grounds and the Yavapai Downs in Prescott Valley offered to shelter displaced animals.
Less than two weeks before the 126th Prescott Frontier Days World's Oldest Rodeo takes over the venerable rodeo grounds, the site is opening stalls to any horses evacuated or preparing to evacuate. The grounds are located at 848 Rodeo Dr., just off of Miller Valley Road.
The Prescott Daily Courier also says that in east Prescott Valley at the site of the Yavapai Downs horse racing track, site owner Gary Miller said any stranded horses are welcome there as well. He suggests owners bring any evacuated horses to the racing track barns in the lower area closest to the RV park, not the back barns by the racing track, which is not in operation.
Personnel will be on site Wednesday and Thursday to help at the horse racing track, which is located at 10501 E. State Route 89A.
The forecast calls for hot and windy conditions over the next few days, prompting concern the fire that raced up Granite Mountain would race down the opposite side and approach homes in the valley.
Authorities say hundreds of homes and hundreds of people have been evacuated Tuesday evening by the Doce Fire, but exact numbers weren't available.
They say the fire is human-caused and under investigation. The region was under a red flag warning Tuesday because of high winds and low humidity.
The fire began shortly before noon Tuesday near the Doce Pit about eight miles northwest of Prescott.