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Shelters, help in place for Wetmore Fire evacuees

By KRDO.com Staff
Published On: Oct 23 2012 06:41:57 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 24 2012 05:49:57 PM CDT

Two are in Florence, one in Pueblo.

WETMORE, Colo. -

The Red Cross and other community members are offering shelter for those affected by the Wetmore Fire.

The Red Cross shelter is located at First Southern Baptist Church, 303 East 3rd Street in Florence.  The Church of the Nazarene in Pueblo was initially a Red Cross reception center but closed as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Another shelter is being independently operated by Praise Community Church, 215 North Pikes Peak Avenue in Florence.

"We've never offered a shelter before, but we're willing to try," said Rev. Wayne Dickinson of Praise Community.  "We're ready to handle up to 75 people in our basement."

But Dickinson said some of his own members may need shelter.

"Some of our members, their houses burned down," he said.  But they're in motels.  None have called us yet."

The number of evacuees who came to the Praise Community shelter was unavailable Tuesday night.

Around 30 families registered at First Southern Baptist.  The Red Cross said volunteers began arriving just after 2 p.m.  Some of the volunteers also worked during the Waldo Canyon fire this summer.

A count of evacuees in Pueblo was not available Tuesday night.

Food, water, cots and restrooms are available at the shelters.  They will remain open until further notice.  However, it appears that most of the evacuees found other places to stay -- with friends and relatives, or at hotels and motels.

Livestock and large animals can be taken to the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo.  Pueblo Animal Services is also standing by to accept small companion animals displaced by the Wetmore Fire.  Those in need of shelter for pets should call 719-544-3005 for additional information.  Staff members will be standing by throughout the night.  They are located at 4600 Eagleridge Circle in Pueblo.

Care and Share hosted a food drive Wednesday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at their Pueblo warehouse located at 100 Greenhorn Drive.  You can also make a $10 donation by texting "Donate" to 41010. 

In Canon City, 7th and Floral Food Pantry also is holding a food drive and giving out emergency food boxes to evacuees.  You can call 719-275-2623 to set up a time to donate.  They are located at 701 Floral Avenue in Canon City. 

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