While most of the country is enjoying the 4th of July holiday weekend, people in the path of the Arizona wildfires are taking refuge in American Red Cross shelters, hoping when the fires are over they find their house still standing.
One of the Red Cross volunteers who will provide emotional support, food and shelter to fire evacuees is Black Hills volunteer Sherry Deville. She is deploying Friday morning to support a shelter in Wickenburg, Arizona, which is about 30 miles Northwest of Phoenix.
There are currently seven active wildfires in Arizona which have burned over 21,000 acres as of this morning. The Yarnell Fire where the 19 firefighter fatalities occurred is only 25 miles from Wickenburg. The Red Cross has three shelters open to support this relief effort.
Sherry is a very active Red Cross volunteer who is qualified as a shelter supervisor. She is also a disaster instructor who teaches classes to volunteers in various areas including shelter operations. Sherry recently accepted the role of Volunteer Coordinator for the Chapter and is working on improving our volunteer engagement and training programs.
Sherry's deployment period is expected to continue for up to 3 weeks.