Red Cross responding to Japer, Tyler County wildfires; see how to help through Orange office

Published 12:08 am Tuesday, August 29, 2023

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The Red Cross Southeast and Deep East volunteers are responding to the wildfires in Jasper and Tyler County.

They opened two shelters in Japer County and one in Tyler County to help all residents forced to evacuate their homes due to the large fire. Once the residents were allowed to go back into their homes, “we were able to close the shelters down and open a resource center where anyone that was affected by the fire could come by and receive help,” officials said.

As of right now the wildfire has burned more 3,000 acres and it is only 80 percent contained, officials said late Monday night.

The Red Cross are sending emergency responds vehicles into the community, where the damage has occurred, and speaking to the residents to see how to help, distributing emergency supplies to those who need it.

Headquarters will be moving back to the chapter office in Orange. Although the headquarters will no longer be in Jasper County, it does not mean The Red Cross we will not be there.

“We plan to have team in the community every day as long as the residents need us,” official said. “We ask that if anyone who needs assistance to please contact us at 1800-RED-CROSS (1800-733-2767).”

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