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August 06, 2015

Some Calif. Wildfire Evacuees Are Avoiding Red Cross Shelters

As wildfires ravage parts of Northern California, some evacuees are steering clear of the Red Cross shelters because of both distance from the sites and mistrust of aid agencies and the government, NPR reports.

Residents of some communities are setting up their own shelters in places like the local Moose lodge, while the Red Cross has been urging them to evacuate to the official shelters. Right now, many of the relief agency's shelters have more volunteers than evacuees.

Jeff Baumgartner, executive director of the Northwest California chapter of the Red Cross, said of the situation: "our volunteers are trained. They're background-checked. We know who they are. And that's where we want folks to come because we know who they're working with."