American Red Cross opens evacuation shelter in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. — Several brush fires forced thousands of people to evacuate near Spokane on Sunday.

The American Red Cross says they are working with emergency management on all fires that are currently giving evacuations, KHQ reports.

They are taking the lead on an evacuation shelter at the Davenport Fairgrounds and are on standby to open other shelters as needed.

Anyone ordered to evacuate is welcome to stay at a Red Cross shelter. You are asked to bring bedding, clothing, comfort items, medication, and diapers if needed.

At this time the Red Cross asks that the public does NOT bring donated items to the shelters, though the generosity is appreciated. The Red Cross is working to bring the essentials to the affected families.