SOUTH FORK—Rio Grande County Sheriff Brian Norton has announced that South Fork residents will be allowed to return to their homes today, Friday, June 28.
Residents are being allowed to return voluntarily, but they are reminded that they are in an active fire zone and are responsible for their own safety. The area is still considered dangerous and the area will remain in a pre-evacuation status. They may be evacuated again, so residents must be ready to leave quickly.
Information on returning home safely is available to evacuees at the Red Cross Shelter in Del Norte and at the South Fork Visitors Center.
When residents return to their homes they should keep the following advice from the Rio Grande County Public Health Agency in mind:
• If the power was out, discard any meats, seafood, milk, soft cheeses, eggs, prepared foods and cookie dough that may have been above 40 degrees F for over two hours.
• Do not refreeze any frozen food that has thawed.
• Discard any food that has a suspicious odor, color, texture or appearance. Examples include the presence of liquid, refrozen meat juices or melted and/or refrozen ice cream.
• Never taste food to determine its safety. Food unfit for human consumption is also unfit for pets.
• If prescription or over-the-counter medications were exposed to out of range temperatures, smoke or soot, check with your doctor before using them.
• If in doubt, throw it out
For additional information please contact the Rio Grande County Public Health Agency at 657-3352.
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