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Red Cross helps fire victims move on

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Cle Elum, WASH--As evacuees are let back into the fire zone, many are discovering they have no home to go back to.

The Red Cross is now working with victims to clean up and move on.

"I find the easiest way to get through stuff is smile," said Amber Short. "Then that way everybody's not coming up to you {saying} what's wrong, what's wrong?"

Amber Short is just one of the people who lost their home in the Taylor Bridge Fire. Amber and her husband were working with the Red Cross Tuesday, trying to pick up the pieces.

"We're actually filling out apartment applications and we're meeting with a caseworker through the Red Cross to help us pay for the expenses to get into a house," said Short. "So we don't have to be here much longer."

"We with the Red Cross, work with the initial steps making sure that they have some clothing and some food and some immediate shelter," said Karen Hull, a volunteer for the Red Cross. "But now we want to help them move forward so that they can get themselves established in a permanent residence."

The Red Cross is working closely with victims to help them through this difficult time. Some people have lost everything.

"It's very normal for them to feel frustrated, to get more angry easily, to have changes in their sleep or appetite patterns," said Hull.

Evacuees who are returning to their homes also need to make smart decisions. Let the Kittitas County Emergency Management team evaluate your home and check for safety.

Victims of the Taylor Bridge Fire are encouraged to visit the Red Cross where they can pick up an informational packet. The packet contains helpful tips all about moving forward, not only physically but also mentally.

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