Red Cross jumps into action as Blue Cut Fire tears through San Bernardino County

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (August 16, 2016)- In response to the Blue Cut Fire, the American Red Cross Serving San Bernardino County has opened two shelters to provide for the immediate needs of those affected by the fire.

The Blue Cut fire burning with zero percent containment near Interstate 15. American Red Cross photo by Ricardo Tomboc.

Overnight shelters are currently open at Jessie Turner Community Center (located at 15556 Summit Avenue, Fontana, CA 92336) as well as Sultana High School (located at 17311 Sultana Street, Hesperia, CA 92345).

The Red Cross shelters will provide for the immediate needs of those affected by the fire. Services include a safe and clean place to stay, food, hydration, emotional support and health services. Both facilities will remain open for as long as there is a need.

Yevette Baysinger, executive director for American Red Cross serving San Bernardino County said she is very proud of the rapid response of the staff and volunteers.

“As soon as we got the call from San Bernardino County Emergency Services, our teams stood up both shelters and were prepared to receive residents affected by this monstrous fire,” said Baysinger. “We are working around the clock to ensure they have a safe place to stay while they are out of their homes. We understand how trying these times can be and  our trained disaster mental heath team is available and standing by.”

The local American Red Cross is dedicated to assisting those affected by disasters. We are working closely with local emergency management and our partners to coordinate ongoing relief efforts. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call round-the-clock and ready to assist in various aspects including sheltering, feeding, disaster assessment, casework, and more.

Animal Care

Evacuees can take small animals to the Apple Valley Animal Shelter, located at 22131 Powhatan Road, Apple Valley, CA 92308. Large and small animals may also be taken to San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, located at 14800 7th Street, Victorville, CA 92395.


In-Kind Donations

At this point in time, we are not in need of donated items and we are able to fully support the needs of those displaced.


For those interested in donating clothing or other items to those affected by the Blue Cut Fire, donated materials can be taken to the following location:

The Salvation Army Social Service Office

‪Monday-Friday |‪ 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

14716 7th Street
Victorville, CA  92395

Contact: Maxine de Denato – (760) 245-5754 x 211

Safety Tips – Wildfire

Responding During a Wildfire

  • Listen to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information.
  • Check emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply. Keep it nearby.
  • Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. You don’t have to wait for an official evacuation order. If you feel threatened, be sure that you leave with time to spare.
  • Confine all pets to one room so you can quickly and easily take them and go if you need to evacuate.
  • Back your car into the driveway for a safer and more efficient way out. Park in an open space facing the direction of escape.
  • Keep indoor air clean by closing windows and doors to prevent outside smoke from getting in.
  • Visit or download the free Red Cross Emergency App for more preparedness tips and safety checklists, localizable alerts, Shelter Locator and more.
  • Follow @ieRedCross on Twitter for the latest updates on our disaster relief efforts, shelter information, and more.
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