As we see wildfires impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local wildfire relief efforts. As with every disaster relief effort, donate to the charity of your choice and only donate to reputable agencies. To learn more about non-profits throughout the state go to www.211colorado.org or call 211.
American Red Cross
The Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross responds to wildfires in communities throughout Colorado. To support the statewide disaster relief efforts, go online, call or mail a check to:
American Red Cross
444 Sherman St., Denver, CO 80203
1-800-RED-CROSS or 303-722-7474
Help Colorado Now
HelpColoradoNow.org is a partnership between the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) and Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (COVOAD). This initiative brings together government agencies and non-profit organizations so they may better assist communities affected by disasters.
Text FIRE to 27722 to give $10 to the mGive Colorado Relief Fund. Funds raised will be distributed to organizations providing support to those affected by the Colorado wildfires. A list of supporting organizations can be found at www.helpcoloradonow.org.
For more information about the mGive Foundation go to www.mgive.org
Colorado Office of Emergency Management
To get ongoing updates about the various wildfires throughout Colorado, go to www.coemergency.com
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
For updated information on air quality from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, go to colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx
– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Wildfire Resources section.
– Read recent Wildfire stories.
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East Park Fire
The American Red Cross shelter is located at John Mall High School in Walsenburg.
The LaVeta Fairgrounds (4-H Barn) are currently accepting large and small animal evacuees. If assistance is needed to evacuate animals contact 719-315-4808. Documentation on animals is suggested, such as pictures, vet records, and medications
West Fork Fire
For the most update information on evacuations please go to www.acemergency.org
Shelter locations are the Del Norte High School (1055 9th Street, Del Norte) for people, and the Sky High Complex in Monte Vista for RV and large animals.
Black Forest Fire
El Paso County Opens Disaster Assistance Center
El Paso County has opened a disaster assistance center for residents who have been affected by the Black Forest Fire. The center is located at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road and will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice. More Information
Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado
The Care and Share Food Bank is collecting food for the first responders and families impacted by the Black Forest Fire. They are particularly in need of diapers and baby formula, and they are looking for more volunteers.
To learn more about needed items go to careandshare.org
The Salvation Army of El Paso County
The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Team has been deployed to aid the Black Forest Fire.
Donations are accepted online, by phone or mail.
By Phone: Please call 719-636-3891
By Mail: Make checks payable to The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army
910 Yuma Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
**To help the victims of the Black Forest Fire, please sign up to volunteer at: www.tsacs.org
Pikes Peak United Way
For additional information on how to help those affected by the Black Forest Fire click here – ppunitedway.org
Colorado Springs Lodging Booking Engine
The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau provided the following information:
As various levels of evacuations are put in to place for the Black Forest and Royal Gorge fires, residents and visitor evacuees who are in need of up-to-date lodging availability, can easily access the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) online booking engine Regatta Travel Solutions at bookings.visitcos.com. There are rooms currently available in Colorado Springs and the surrounding region. Inventory on the booking engine updates automatically.
The CVB continues to be a resource for local residents and travelers to the region on attractions, lodging and transportation information through their fire information page www.VisitCOS.com/fireinfo.
Twisted Trail Ranch
Many animals evacuated because of the Black Forest Fire don’t have many places to go. Twisted Trail Ranch in Castle Rock is taking in animals transferred there from the Black Forest Animal Sanctuary, and could use assistance with taking care of all the animals. (Full Story)
Black Forest Animal Sanctuary