Where to get/offer fire-related help
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.-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; 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.-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 state-wide 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.-St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 546 Hyland Park Drive (adjacent to Sayre Park) has clothing, some food, blankets and other bedding, toiletries, personal items, books, infant items and toys that have been donated for fire victims. Stop by the church between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., through Saturday, June 15, 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.-Glenwood Caverns re-opened on Tuesday, after being closed due to the Coal Seam Fire. The entrance to the caverns is on top of Iron Mountain, and has not been affected by the fire. Call 945-4228 for details.-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.-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. -Ami’s Acres in West Glenwood is reopening its campground Friday, June 14. All water and electricals are expected to be restored.-Scholarships to the Earthbeat Summer Music Camps are being offered by its Board of Directors to 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., June 17 through June 21. For information, contact KC Johnson, director of the Roaring Fork Earthbeat Choir, 927-9690, or Markita Lerch, 928-0657.
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 Moose Lodge Horseback Poker Ride, scheduled for Saturday, June 15, is canceled due to extreme fire danger. Sponsors will be contacted personally. Those who want a refund may receive one, or the money will be donated to the Coal Seam Fire Disaster Relief Fund through Alpine Bank, in the donor’s name. Contact the Rifle Moose Lodge at 625-5508 for details.-The Salvation Army’s Pet Olympics, scheduled for Saturday, June 15, in Glenwood Springs, has been canceled due to the fires.-The Bureau of Land Management office in West Glenwood will reopen 8 a.m. Friday, June 14.-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.-For status on activities at the Glenwood Springs Recreation Department, call 384-6301.-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.
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