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2012 Cheyenne Frontier Days offers wildfire relief assistance

In light of recent wildfires in Colorado and Wyoming, Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) will be collecting monetary donations to assist the Red Cross in both states as well as the Larimer County Humane Society located in Fort Collins, CO.

While most of the fires are contained, the damage was extensive, affecting many residents within a 100 mile radius of Frontier Park where the bulk of the 116th annual celebration event activities will occur. The Wyoming and Colorado Red Cross came to the aid of victims and firefighters. The Larimer County Humane Society took in 400 animals free of charge for evacuees of the High Park Fire.

Knowing that these agencies went the extra mile during these disasters, CFD will put out donation boxes at each of the Pancake Breakfasts as well as at the Front Gate of Frontier Park for the 10-day celebration, slated for July 20-29.

"We want our neighbors to know that just because the fires are contained doesn't mean that we have forgotten about them," said CFD General Chairman Rod Hottle. "We decided to support these agencies that incurred significant expenses during these disasters. We appreciate all of the work they have done and are prepared to do."

In Colorado, the High Park Fire west of Fort Collins has burned 87,284 acres and destroyed 259 homes. In Wyoming, the Squirrel Creek fire west of Laramie burned 10,921 acres and the largest of the fires, the Arapaho, northwest of Wheatland has burned 98,115 acres. In all, more than 275 square miles have burned.

"The primary mission of the Red Cross is to ensure that victims of disasters have their essential basic life needs like shelter and food met," said David Block, regional chapter executive for the Wyoming Red Cross. "All funds help support those efforts. We need staff and a strong core of volunteers to maintain the infrastructure to ensure that disaster services can be launched whenever they are needed."

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During the Squirrel Creek Fire, the Wyoming Red Cross had a shelter open for 6 days to serve evacuees and to provide other supplies and services including water and snacks for fire fighters.

"Cheyenne Frontier Days efforts will be tremendous as far as people becoming more aware of disaster services that we provide," Block added. "It will bring to the forefront of people's minds the importance of disaster relief agencies when wildfires and other disasters occur."

The CFD committee is planning on adding additional funds to those that are collected during the Western celebration, which kicks off on July 20 at 6 p.m. with a concert featuring the Zac Brown Band.

The first rodeo performance will be July 21 and run through July 29. The Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration also includes more night shows, an old west town, Indian village, parades, pancake breakfasts, behind the chutes tours, the Old West Museum and an art show. For complete schedule go to http://www.cfdrodeo.com.

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