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American Red Cross Northern Nevada Chapter announces Smith Valley Shelter in Carson Valley closed


redcross-logoAMERICAN RED CROSS NEWS RELEASE – The American Red Cross shelter at Smith Valley Baptist Church, located at 888 Hudson Way Smith Valley, has closed. The Red Cross continues to work closely with all partners, including the Lyon County Emergency Management team, to assist those impacted by the fire.

The Bison Fire in the Carson Valley of Northern Nevada is considered to be the largest the state has ever seen, burning more than 25,000 acres. The Reno Gazette Journal reports the Bison Fire is 40 percent contained with more than 1,000 firefighters battling the blaze sparked by lighting on Thursday, July 4.

Our deepest appreciation to all the Red Cross volunteers and staff who promptly responded to the need in opening a shelter last night. “Nevadans should be comforted to know the well trained team of the Red Cross is able to support our community during a disaster, like the Bison Fire, whenever the call arrives” said Clara Andriola, Red Cross Northern Nevada Chapter Regional Chief Executive Officer.

On average, the Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross responds to a residential fire every 48 hours, day and night. Volunteers are on call to respond to  a home fire as well as wildfires 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Red Cross Northern Nevada Chapters extends our best to all the volunteers and staff who continue to assist those impacted by the Carpenter 1 Fire on Mount Charleston, ignited by a lighting strike on Monday, July 1.

All assistance provided by the Red Cross is an outright gift, made possible entirely by contributions from the caring citizens of Northern Nevada.

Anyone interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer and helping residents impacted by disaster in Northern Nevada can click the Volunteer link atredcross.org/northernnevada webpage. Please feel free to contact the Red Cross office at 775-856-1000 during business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, if you have any questions or need additional information.

The American Red Cross Northern Nevada chapter area covers 87,000 square miles with a population of more than 670,000 people. Our chapter territory is from Tonopah north, with our main chapter in Renoand branch offices in Elko, Incline Village and Winnemucca.

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. Follow on Twitter @NNARC and Facebook/ARCNorthernNevada.

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