published on July 17, 2017 - 2:24 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The American Red Cross of the Central Valley has moved operations from an evacuation site to an overnight shelter to help residents of the Detwiler Fire in Mariposa County.

Originally meeting at the evacuation center at McCay Hall in Cathy’s Valley on Sunday, the Red Cross has opened a full overnight shelter at Mariposa Elementary School in order to provide lodging, meals, health services and more. Jessica Piffero, Red Cross Central Valley’s regional director of communications, said that operations will be staged from the school for the foreseeable future.

“I would say that the wildfire season is just starting to ramp up,” Piffero said. “I think this the beginning of what could be a really long wildfire season for us.”

Located in Mariposa County, the Detwiler fire has spread to 7,100 acres so far.

Those wishing to make a financial donation to their local chapter of the American Red Cross can do so at

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