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Evacuation site forced to be moved to CMC Spring Valley campus

Phil Sandoval

The first evacuation center was set up at Glenwood Springs High School and was officially opened to the public at 5 p.m., according to Barbara Haupili, head of disaster relief for the Red Cross.

Haupili, who is currently a Red Cross reserve, was called in to coordinate the set-up of cots and supplies at the high school’s multi-purpose room.

“It’s as safe as anywhere in Glenwood right now, but that doesn’t mean much,” she said.

Steve Cable, the high school’s athletic director, a West Park resident, also assisted with the temporary evacuation center, by opening campus doors, obtaining addition supplies from the school’s cafeteria and making telephones available to those without cell phones.

As the fire jumped over Interstate 70 and smoke became thicker, contingency plans were made to move the disaster center to the Spring Valley campus at Colorado Mountain College.

At 7:15 p.m., Haupili made the decision to relocate to the college campus.

At the time of the relocation, approximately 40 cars were in the high school’s parking lot.


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