DENVER (CBS4) – The City and County of Denver activated an evacuation center for those affected by the massive fire at 18th Avenue and Emerson Street.

The evacuation center opened at the St. Charles Recreation Center at 3777 N. Lafayette Street in Denver. Officials say it will close at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

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The evacuation area includes the entire 1800 block of Emerson Street as residents will not be allowed to access their homes.

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If residents cannot get to the evacuation center on their own, officials say there will be a transportation site at the Salvation Army parking lot at 19th Ave. and Ogden St.

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The center will stay open through the night and can hold 580 people.

If you choose to use the center, you will have to check-in and complete some paperwork.

Those using the center are asked to bring:

  • Identification, essential documents, cash and flash-light
  • Books, magazines, quiet toys for kids
  • For infants: Enough food, supplies, diapers, blankets, bedding, and clothing
  • Pets (Arrangements will be made on-site at the center to transfer pets to the Denver Animal Shelter at 1241 W. Bayaud Ave.)

What NOT to bring to the center:

  • Drugs/Alcohol
  • Firearms/Weapons

Individuals with additional questions may contact 3-1-1 for assistance. If the evacuation area is expanded, notifications will be issued immediately.

The Salvation Army Emergency Services has also responded with a mobile feeding unit to East 18th Avenue and Ogden Street in response to the massive fire in the North Capitol Hill neighborhood.

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LINK: Office Of Emergency Management And Homeland Security