Help available for San Diego County fire evacuees

(KGTV) - The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties and Humane Society are providing assistance to East County residents and animals affected by the West Fire in Alpine.

A Red Cross canteen was deployed to Viejas to provide snacks and beverages to evacuees. Services will also include a safe and clean place to stay, emotional support, health services, and comfort kits with personal hygiene items.

Officials opened a Red Cross shelter at Los Coches Middle School, 9669 Dunbar Lane, at approximately 4 p.m. Friday. A pet shelter run by the San Diego Humane Society is also at the site for evacuees.

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By about 6 p.m., the two shelters housed eight families, six dogs, six cats and four birds. 

The Humane Society is accepting donations here. To donate to the San Diego Red Cross, click here.

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