Many ways to get or give fire-related assistance
The American Red Cross has closed its relocation facility at CMC Spring Valley, but continues to operate its information center at Glenwood Springs High School, 1340 Pitkin Ave., for people who have been affected by the fire. Anyone with disaster-related needs should come to the high school. The center will remain open from morning to night until further notice. Spanish interpretation is available.-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 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, 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; e-mail coalseam@ ci.glenwood-springs.co.us. A separate information line for Spanish-speakers is 947-1292.-A fund has been established for the Barnum Family who lived in Robinhood Trailer Park. Donations can be made in person at the Glenwood, Basalt or Grand Junction branches of Bank of Colorado, or they can be mailed to the Glenwood branch.The information is as follows:Stacey & Jerry Barnum – ACCT # 5930459313, Coal Seam Fire Fund, c/o Bank of Colorado, 901 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.-The Glenwood Springs Fire Department is asking the community to “fill the boot” for volunteer firefighter Chris Caywood, who lost his home. Caywood was working on a fireline elsewhere in town at the time. Donations to the Chris Caywood Assistance Fund may be made at any Alpine Bank or at the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, 806 Cooper Ave.-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.-The Salvation Army is accepting donations to help with statewide disaster relief efforts. Donations may be sent to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 2964, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.-Travelers Insurance Company has set up a Catastrophe Unit at Glenwood Insurance, 1605 Grand Ave. (next to True Value). 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.-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.-As a special thank-you to the community, the public is invited to tour the fire camp in Two Rivers Park today, Sunday, June 16, from 1-4 p.m. Each tour will last from 30 to 40 minutes and will begin on the hour. To pre-register for a tour, call the Fire Information Center at 947-1292 or 947-1269. Please include the number of people attending and any children under 12. Tours will begin at the entrance to Two Rivers Park, just look for the camp tour parking signs.-Bishop Catering Services, the company that prepares meals for the team working on containing and extinguishing the Coal Seam Fire, is seeking to hire cooks for the fire camp at Two Rivers Park. For details, call 541-993-2584.-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. -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.-Ami’s Acres in West Glenwood has re-opened the campground. Water and electrical service have been restored. For information, call 945-5340.-Scholarships to the Earthbeat Summer Music Camps are being offered to the children of families who have lost their homes in the fire. The $150 scholarships are available to children from ages 5 to 14. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily the week of June 17-21. For information, call KC Johnson at 927-9690, or Markita Lerch at 928-0657. CLOSURES-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.
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