General fire information
The American Red Cross continues to operate a relocation center for evacuees at the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley Campus, 3000 County Road 114. The center will remain open until further notice. Call 945-7481 for details. -The American Red Cross continues to operate an information center at Glenwood Springs High School, 1340 Pitkin Ave., for people who have been affected by the fire. The shelter will remain open from morning to night until further notice. Spanish interpretation is available.-The Glenwood Springs Post Office can’t deliver mail to the areas that have been evacuated. However, Postmaster Tony Ramirez said that mail is still being sorted, and residents who have been evacuated from their homes can pick up their mail between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily at the post office. Identification may be required. -Crisis counseling for victims of the Coal Seam Fire is available at the American Red Cross information center, located at Glenwood Springs High School, 1340 Pitkin Ave. The center is open during daylight hours until further notice. Those in need of counseling can call 384-5598.-Residents seeking information about the fire can call 947-1269, 947-1262, or 947-1260; visit http://www.Garfield-county.com/fire; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A separate information line for Spanish-speakers is 947-1292.-Bank of Colorado, Alpine Banks, WestStar Banks and US Banks have established accounts to benefit the victims of the Coal Seam Fire. Contact any of these banks or visit during regular business hours to make a donation.-Alpine Bank is offering interest-free loans for victims of the fire. Money can be used to provide living expenses while insurance reimbursements are being processed. Apply within the next 90 days at Glenwood Springs Alpine Bank, 2200 Grand Ave.-Alpine Bank customers directly impacted by the fire have a 90-day payment deferral on any existing loans held by the bank. Please call 945-2424 to alert Alpine Bank staff if this applies to you.-Travelers Insurance Company will set up a Catastrophe Unit at Glenwood Insurance, 1605 Grand Ave. (next to True Value), late in the afternoon on Wednesday, June 12. The unit will assist people who have insurance claims with Travelers related to the Coal Seam Fire and will remain in town until further notice.-St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 546 Hyland Park Drive (adjacent to Sayre Park), has clothing, some food, blankets and other bedding, toiletries, personal items, books and toys that have been donated for fire victims. Stop by the church between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., through Friday, June 14, for assistance. No more donations at this time, please. For details, call 945-6423.-City Markets in Glenwood Springs, El Jebel and Carbondale are accepting donations of cash and food for victims and emergency workers. Call your local City Market for details.-Bagel Bites, 725 Grand Ave., is providing free Internet access to those displaced by the fire. -The No Name, Grizzly Creek and Transfer Trails are closed until further notice. Hanging Lake Trail in Glenwood Canyon remains open.-The bridge to the BLM South Canyon boat launch has burned. The boat launch is closed until further notice.-Colorado Animal Rescue, 3801 County Road 114, is offering temporary care of dogs and cats. They do not need any food, but could use more cat litter. CARE rescued 15 pets from homes in evacuated areas and is in need of foster homes. Anyone who is willing to provide temporary shelter for cats, dogs, birds, or fish, or who needs more information, can call 947-9173.-Horse and other large animal owners whose property has been affected by the fire can call 384-2512 for information on where to bring their animals. Fred Sefcovic, who lives on Cattle Creek Road, has offered a dry lot for horse storage. He also has a horse trailer to help move animals, pending availability of police escort. Call 945-6898 or 384-2512 for details. John Cardinale of Silt has a 3-horse trailer and is willing to transport horses and small livestock. Call 876-5669 or 274-0172 for details.-The Federal Emergency Management Agency Region VIII has updated its website to feature current wildfire news and information. The new website is located at http://www.fema.gov/reg-viii/fires.htm. The website features checklists and guides to help residents and communities prepare for the wildfire season. Information is updated daily. -The Hot Springs Lodge & Pool has reopened. The pool is offering firefighters and volunteers free use of the Pool, including all shower and locker room facilities. “We want to do anything in our power to assist in the firefighting efforts,” says Kjell Mitchell, Hot Springs Lodge & Pool general manager. Workers can go to the main entrance and identify themselves to the cashiers for complimentary access during normal business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.GENERAL INFORMATION-Children, the elderly and those with breathing conditions such as emphysema or asthma are advised by health professionals to stay indoors during smoky conditions.-Garfield County’s fire ban is extended for 30 days, and includes bans on fireworks displays. A statewide ban forbids any open flame anywhere in the state, on private or public lands.-The Glenwood Springs Mall will reopen today.CANCELLATIONS & CLOSURES-The office of the Bureau of Land Management office in West Glenwood will remain closed until 8 a.m. Friday, June 14, due to smoke damage.-Colorado Mountain College offices re-opened Tuesday and classes resume today. CMC is encouraging employees to volunteer at the Red Cross shelter set up at CMC’s Spring Valley campus.-All Roaring Fork Re-1 School District summer and Project Star classes have been canceled for the week of June 10-14. Call the district office at 384-6000 for more information.-All Kids Camp, adult soccer and other activities at the Glenwood Springs Recreation Department have been canceled until further notice. Call the recreation department at 384-6301 for details.-The trees workshop with Vince Urbina, scheduled for Thursday, June 27, has been postponed. Call 927-8214 for details. -Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, located at 601 E. Sixth St., has been evacuated. Classes are canceled this week and will resume Monday, June 17. -The Thursday, June 13, dinner of the Glenwood Springs Christian Women’s After Five Dinner Club has been canceled. Call Jean at 945-6602, or e-mail email@example.com for details.
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