Red Cross opens evacuation center for evacuees from fires around Kern County

Posted at 3:22 PM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-09 18:46:11-04

The American Red Cross of Kern County has opened an evacuation center for residents affected by the Cottonwood Fire at the Ben Austin-Greenfield Senior Center, 1751 McKee Road, Bakersfield, CA 93307.

Volunteers are on hand to provide water, snacks, and comfort for evacuated residents while they wait for emergency information. If needed, the Red Cross is prepared to move a full overnight shelter, in order to provide lodging, meals, health services and more.

The Red Cross urges everyone to follow evacuation orders from local law enforcement and have an emergency kit ready go for any disaster including wildfires. Visit[] to learn more.

The Red Cross is able to provide disaster relief services during wildfire season thanks to the generosity of the community. The best way to help wildfire relief efforts is through a financial donation. Visit to make an online donation to your local chapter.