COALVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)--The Rockport Wildfire sent families rushing to evacuation centers in nearby towns. Tuesday afternoon, those families who fled the flames came to North Summit Middle School.
Evacuated people get Red Cross kits with soaps, body wash items and even a coloring book for the kids.
"Stay in contact with family and friends. We will update them and provide them with food and shelter," said Red Cross Shelter Manager Tina
The Red Cross set up the evacuation shelter just hours after a lightning strike lit up the Rockport Estates in Summit County. Two hours after the
initial call for help, Wanship's Brooke Vierig called her 12 year old daughter
"I called her and said hey can you look outside for me and see whats going on and she said well theres lots of smoke and some ash and I see some orange. and I said oh my gosh of course the mother in me freaked out, " said Vierig.
Her daughter went to a neighbor's house and then an evacuation
shelter at a church, before her mother left her job in Salt Lake to reunite with her family.
"On the way home i was thinking is the fire going to spread to our house before we get there i hope someone will take care of our kids and we have dogs what do i grab if i do have the chance to grab something in my house?" asked Vierig.
Luckily, the Vierig home was spared, but memories of last year's out of control array of fires across Utah still remain.
"We had wildfires going all over the state. we had multiple shelters at one time last year and if we need to we will again next year," said Spencer.
Even the smallest of volunteers wanted to lend a helping hand. Eight year old Jayden Willoughby wanted took care of his sister and cousin.
"I was reading them comics; all sorts of comics," said Willoughby.
It's the little things that may help these families take their minds
off a very big fire danger.
Volunteers have set up some 30 cots inside a private room. people can stay here overnight with their families and they can also use anything in the kit.