As crews continued to battle the Eagle Creek Fire overnight, the American Red Cross worked Saturday to provide food and shelter assistance to displaced residents.
At last count, about 140 people remained between two Red Cross shelters in Gresham and Stevenson, Wash. That’s a slight decrease since the agency began sheltering residents on Sept. 4.
Monique Dugaw directs communications for the American Red Cross Cascades Region. She said many people have been staying at the shelter for several days. With help from Multnomah County, community partners and dozens of volunteers, those residents will continue to have a place to stay until it’s safe for them to return home.
“People have been in good spirits but are certainly wanting to go home,” Dugaw said. “The Red Cross will continue to be there to make sure everyone has enough comforts to make this difficult time more bearable.”
Volunteers have worked around the clock to provide food, water, and emotional and health support to people who were evacuated. People under evacuation orders are urged to simply show up at one of the shelters.
“We’ve seen the community step up in a big way from providing shelters staff, volunteers, donated meals and financial support,” Dugaw said. “We can’t say enough good things about Multnomah County, Mount Hood Community College and all our volunteers.”
Looking forward, Dugaw said, it’s hard to predict how the fire will evolve. But she said the Red Cross is prepared to help anyone displaced by the natural disaster.
“We’re working closely with Multnomah County to provide shelter assistance for anyone displaced from their home,” Dugaw said. “Seeing our neighbors help other neighbors has been very impactful. It does your heart good to see people stepping up for other people in a time of need.”
The best way to donate to the Red Cross’ relief effort is by dialing 1-800-RED CROSS. Or call 503-528-5634 to make a financial donation specifically to "Oregon Wildfires.” Shelters are located at:
- Skamania County Fairgrounds, Hedgewald Center, 710 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, WA
- Mt. Hood Community College, Yoshida Events Center 3691 NE 17th Drive, Gresham, OR