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EAGLE MOUNTAIN — Help has been offered to those forced by the Dump Fire to evacuate their homes.
The American Red Cross has opened a reception center at Westlake High School at 99 N. 200 W. for those unable to find alternative shelter. Red Cross volunteers are working to provide food and water to hundreds of evacuees at the shelter.
"Our hearts go out to the hundreds of people that have been forced to leave their neighborhoods due to this terrible fire" said the Red Cross' Maxine Margaritis. "If they are unable to return home today, we are prepared to provide food and shelter for them tonight, and longer if necessary."
- Eagle Mountain: 801-789-6600
- Saratoga Springs: 801-766-6503
On the Spot Pet Care is offering temporary pet housing for evacuees. Pets should be taken to Westlake High School for pickup. Owners are encouraged to provide a kennel for their pet. Pets will be taken to the organization's facility at 94 S. 700 E. in American Fork.
Jessica Graves, director of fundraising for the organization, described the scene as hectic.
“We’re overfull but we still have more on the way,” she said, putting out the plea for more kennels, dog runs and pet food. The organization, which helps keep residents in touch with their animals if they have gone through hard times such as housing displacement, is also working with the Utah Animal Rescue Coalition to get additional supplies.
"SeeSpotEat is buying dog runs to accomadate pets that are being evacauted from shelters. Monatary donations greatly appreciated," the organization tweeted Friday.*
- Westlake High School: 99 N. 200 W., Saratoga Springs
- Food, water, shelter offered
- Pickup at Westlake High School
- Taken to 94 S 700 E, American Fork
- Please provide kennel
- Call 801-709-3410 for more information.
- Accepting pets at no cost
- Call 801-785-3442 for more information.
The North Utah Valley Animal Shelter is also accepting animals from evacuation areas at no cost to evacuees. Call 801-785-3442 for more information.
Large livestock are being taken to the Eagle Mountain Rodeo Grounds.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is monitoring the situation and will "stand ready to assist when needed," according to church spokesman Scott Trotter.
The Red Cross reported that a donation of hundreds of cots and blankets from the LDS Church was delivered to the shelter, and faith-based organizations such as the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Churches of Scientology Disaster Respons, and the Salvation Army have also stepped forward to offer support.
Local businesses have been donating food and water to firefighters and evacuated residents, including the Home Depot, Smith’s, Walmart and Del Taco. The Red Cross also provided food and said it would provide meals on Saturday for those who have been evacuated.
Volunteers like Amy Reda were also helping residents leave their homes. Reda can see the fire from her home, but it was not in danger of burning Friday. She and her daughters volunteered to take pets of displaced residents to local shelters.
"I would want someone to help us if they could," she said.
Animal advocates are asking pet owners to have a plan in place for their pets. Make a list of friends, family, centers or organizations that can take the animals before disaster strikes.
Contributing: Pat Reavy and Jeff Finley
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