Volunteers flock to help Dollar Ridge Fire evacuees
(KUTV) — Hundreds of people have been evacuated because of the Dollar Ridge Fire burning in Wasatch and Duchesne County.
Volunteers with the Red Cross have been gearing up to help those evacuated.
“I came over to get some more medication and oxygen and more things that I needed," said Ken Quintana, one of the dozens forced from his home by the flames.
He was at Duchesne High School Tuesday getting some food, water and, hopefully, any word on the status of his home.
“We are down here scrounging for information," he said. "That’s why I am here.”
Volunteers from all over the state, and many locals, were ready for the evacuees already at the high school.
“This is a scary time, any time a disaster happens to anyone when there’s an unknown if your house is going to be next, or your families, or your neighbors,” said Michael Smauldon, the Disaster Program Manager for the Red Cross.
Smauldon said volunteers are ready for the displaced, who continued pouring into shelters as new evacuations were ordered throughout the day.
“If they need food, comfort kits, blankets, anything that is going to help them, no matter if you’re staying in the shelter or not, come here grab a bite to eat, get a cold water, do what you need to do," Smauldon said.
At Duchesne High School, tents were set up for people with small animals who needed a place to stay. Livestock were harbored at the county fairgrounds.