Red Cross creates shelter for Horse Gulch Fire evacuees

Red Cross creates shelter for Horse Gulch Fire evacuees
Posted at 11:27 PM, Jul 10, 2024

HELENA — The Red Cross opened a temporary shelter at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church for people evacuated due to the Horse Gulch Fire burning northeast of Helena.

The Horse Gulch Fire has burned at least 1,000 acres, and is centered about five miles south of York, and two miles north of Canyon Ferry.

The shelter is giving out free food, water, and comfort kits to those in need. If even one person needs to spend the night, they will open up the space and provide cots and bathrooms.

Susan Hawthorne, Red Cross Disaster Action Team Coordinator for Lewis & Clark County, wants people to know that this shelter is here for those who need it.

“That’s what Red Cross does - we put on our vest and we help our neighbors in need. Nobody wants to be evacuated from any kind of a disaster, but we want everybody to know we're here to help,” says Hawthorne.

Mariah Barrientes and her partner evacuated their home across from Kim’s Marina on Wednesday afternoon. They may have to spend the night in the shelter. They are thankful to be together and safe from the fire.

“It honestly does a lot because especially with our baby. And I'm gonna get emotional because it's so scary. And then we have no family here really except for my sister, but they have a house full. So we're like what are we gonna do? Where are we gonna go? What are we gonna do with the baby? It just is like peace of mind to have somewhere to go,” says Barrientes.