SB County Fairgrounds Offering Shelter and Services for Fire Evacuees

VICTORVILLE – San Bernardino County officials announced on Thursday that the American Red Cross has opened a Shelter Operations Compound (SHOC) at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds. This shelter has been opened to serve the county residents impacted by the Blue Cut Fire. The San Bernardino County Fairgrounds has continued to provide shelter to both small and large animals throughout the Pilot Fire and now the more recent Blue Cut Fire.

The opening to evacuees is part of the County’s Mass Care and Shelter Plan. During their stay, food, shelter, health care, and animal care will be provided to those displaced. There will also be cots, showers, and restrooms available. Public Information at the facility will provide up-to-date information about the fire for the evacuees. Those currently sheltered at Sultana High School will be moved to the San Bernardino Fairgrounds.

Those who have RV’s are able to park them on the property and received SHOC services while staying in their RVs. The County of San Bernardino officials said that utility hookups will most likely not be available. Through the joining of the American Red Cross with County Departments animal care, medical care and counseling will be provided.

The County officials said that they are also working on opening a Local Assistance Center at the fairgrounds for those affected by the fire. “The LAC will provide a one-stop location for a variety of services including, but not limited to disaster assistance, property information, and insurance claims,” officials said.

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