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Red Cross opens respite shelter for those impacted by brush fire

Shelter opens for families impacted in Zellwood

American Red Cross

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The American Red Cross has opened a respite shelter for families impacted by a brush/forest fire in the vicinity of the 6500 block of Jones Avenue in Zellwood.

Red Cross workers were at the scene and will assist residents as assessed. Officials said residents seeking shelter were being asked to go to the Zellwood United Methodist Church at 5538 W. Jones Ave. in Zellwood.

The Red Cross will keep the shelter open through the night for residents affected by the smoke or fire in the Zellwood area, officials said. Residents were encouraged to bring their medications, change of clothing and other personal items with them to the shelter.

Orange County Fire Rescue officials said crews were still hitting hot spots.

Officials said there are no mandatory evacuations, but four people chose to leave.

Willow Street was closed Saturday due to a fire hose, officials said.