Thursday Jul 12 2012
Fire information center opens in Colfax
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record editor
Veterans Memorial Hall will be open Friday from noon to 8 p.m.
Colfax residents can find out how the Robbers Fire, burning in the American River Canyon, affects them. An information center opened at 4 p.m. Thursday at Veterans Memorial Hall, located at 22 Sunset Center. Representatives from Cal Fire, and Placer County?s Health and Human Services and the Air Pollution District were prepared to answer questions from locals. Residents who have concerns about the smoke in the air were urged to call the pollution district at (530) 745-2339. Colfax city councilwoman Donna Barkle was also there in her capacity as a representative for SNAP, the special needs assistance program that provides emergency aid to anyone in need. A nurse from Health and Human Services was also available for those requiring medical attention. The center was scheduled to close at 8 p.m. yesterday and reopen from noon to 8 p.m. Friday. Barkle said Memorial Hall will not be used as an evacuation center, in case Colfax area residents need to be evacuated. Instead, Chana High School in Auburn has been designated as the evacuation site. Several long-term care facilities have also offered to accept those requiring medical care, as well as shelter. Colfax residents were also notified by an automated phone call about 6:30 p.m. Thursday by Pacific Gas and Electric that there would be ?temporary disruption on service? due to the Robbers Fire. ? Martha Garcia