The American Red Cross evacuation center located at the First United Methodist Church of Salida, 228 E. 4th St., Salida, CO 81201, opened again today at 8 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m. The center goes into standby mode after 7 p.m. unless there is a need to house evacuees.

If that need happens the evacuation center will open its doors as a shelter with cots, blankets, and other supplies. Meals were served Thursday evening and this morning at the evacuation center for nearly 40 people. Most of the food has been provided by local restaurants.

“The Red Cross has been here for several days and will continue to support the community as long as needed. Many of our volunteers are from the local area. Overall the sentiment in the community has been positive but as the fire grows so do the concerns,” said Red Cross spokesperson Kate Walters.

An evacuee-only meeting is scheduled at the evacuation center in Salida for 5 p.m. and a Salida community meeting is planned for Saturday, 10 a.m. at the SteamPlant Event Center, 200 W. Sackett Ave, Salida, CO. Visit fb.com/DeckerFire2019 for details. Fire managers and public officials will be available to give an update on the fire and answer questions from the public.

A pre-evacuation community meeting is planned at 5 p.m. for the community of Howard at the Howard Fire Department, 8274 US-50, Howard, CO. This meeting is to discuss the concern for large animals and other evacuation concerns should there be a need to evacuate.

Visit fb.com/FremontCountySheriffsOffice. The Red Cross is in communications with Fremont County Emergency Services to support evacuation needs.

In Chaffee County, small pets can be taken to the Ark-Valley Humane Society, 701 Gregg Dr., Buena Vista 81211. The phone number is 719-395-2737. Large animals and small animals can be taken to the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

How Can I Help? – PLEASE DO NOT BRING FOOD OR OTHER ITEMS TO THE EVACUATION CENTER IN SALIDA. At this time the Red Cross has all of the supplies needed to respond to this emergency. The best way to help is to provide a financial donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. You can do that at www.redcross.org, by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, or by texting the word "REDCROSS" to 90999.

For up-to-date fire information please visit the following sites:

Decker Fire Incident Command - Facebook.com/DeckerFire2019

Chaffee County Sheriff – Facebook.com/chaffee-county-sheriffs-office

NIFC – inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6592

Fremont County Sheriff’s Department on Facebook – fb.com/fremontcountysheriffsoffice

For Red Cross information follow us:

Twitter - @COWYRedCross

Facebook - FB.com/ColoradoRedCross

Blog – COWYRedCrossBlog.org

The Red Cross of Colorado will continue to monitor the fire situation and coordinate with local and federal emergency fire resources. Updated Red Cross information will be posted on our blog at http://cowyredcrossblog.org/evacuation-center-open-at-chaffee-county-fairgrounds-in-response-to-decker-fire-evacuations/.

The Red Cross urges everyone to heed the evacuation orders and stay tuned to local media or social media for updates.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/colorado, on Twitter at @COWYRedCross, or join our blog at http://COWYRedCrossblog.org. .

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