Public information officer: 17 fires burning in California
California firefighters fight multiple fires in the record-breaking high temperatures.
A California chapter of the American Red Cross apologized Monday night after the organization claimed that it erroneously sent out evacuation warnings for Fontana residents.
The Desert to the Sea chapter, which serves Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino county, apparently issued evacuation alerts on Monday in the afternoon local time, according to the screenshots posted by the Fontana Police Department.
The Red Cross Emergency App, has issued false #wildfire evacuation notices for residents in #Fontana & other parts of our region. We deeply apologize. Please ignore this message & follow @FontanaPD for a evac info in the near future, as we work to resolve this issue.
— Red Cross (DTS@RedCrossDTS) August 7, 2018
The chapter apologized on Twitter and said: “disregard of these notices and follow [the Fontana Police] for a evac info in the near future, as we work to resolve this issue.”
The Red Cross Emergency App, has issued false #wildfire evacuation notices to residents in Fontana.@FontanaPD #FontanaPD pic.twitter.com/sEK48REICV
— Fontana PD (@FontanaPD) August 7, 2018
False evacuation warnings were also issued on 26 July in Shasta Lake as part of Carr Fire evacuations. The city manager, John Duckett, said he told the county sheriff that the police “made a mistake — someone on the wrong button.”
President Trump has declared that the forest fires in California a “major disaster” and approximately 200 active-duty U.S. Army soldiers are preparing to deploy of the state to help fight the characters.
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