CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – As the Brian Head fire engulfs acres, hundreds are being evacuated and neighbors in Cedar City want to help those displaced by the fire. :
“Anytime you can reach out and help somebody, and see that it makes a difference for them, that’s what we want to do, that’s what we can to accomplish,” said Chris Ralph, SUU Housing Director.
Southern Utah University officials are answering the call, opening their dorms to fire evacuees, as buildings and towns continue to be threatened by the flames.
Ellen Treanor, Executive Director of Marketing and Communication, said that when university officials heard about the fire and people were being displaced, everyone wanted to help.
“Everybody just kind of chipped in and said, great let’s do what we can,” Treanor said.
The Eccles Resident hall is available to families in need of a safe place. Each apartment-style dorm comes with kitchens, multiple beds, and bathrooms. A family is moving in tonight, and university officials hope more will reach out. They have room for 60 people.
Chris Ralphs,Director of University Housing, feels that everyone knows somebody impacted by the fire.
“We understand what people are going through and the proximity and the arrangements they are having to make last minute. We want to reach out and help,” Ralphs said.
Treanor is grateful to be able to give back to her community. “This is part of caring for the community who is so good to us all the time,” Treanor said.
For those needing animal shelter for pets, Sgt. Womack with Cedar City Police has agreed to take some dogs temporarily at the Cedar City Animal Shelter. You can reach out to an Animal Control Officer Tyrell Croft: 435.233.8173.
For those needing shelter at the SUU dorms, you can reach out to the Red Cross, George Colson: Phone number: 435.879.9033. There is also a temporary shelter set up at Panguitch High School.