UPDATE: More than 8,000 Afghan refugees at Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy

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FRIDAY 9/3/2021 10:16 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than 8,000 refugees from Afghanistan were being temporarily housed at Fort McCoy in western Wisconsin as of Friday and the military base has a capacity to host up to 13,000 as they are resettled across the country.

Cheryl Phillips, a spokeswoman for a task force overseeing the refugees at the base, said Friday about 8,780 Afghans were at Fort McCoy.

She says about 1,390 soldiers are supporting them and the base has the capacity to support up to 13,000 refugees.

The number of refugees there has nearly tripled in a week.

Local 5 will continue to update this story if more information is released.

ORIGINAL: Afghan refugees begin arriving at Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy

MONDAY 8/23/2021 8:32 a.m.

FORT McCOY, Wis. (AP) — Afghan refugees have begun arriving at Fort McCoy in western Wisconsin for temporary housing and support after their home country fell to the Taliban.

Base officials say Afghans with special immigrant visa applicants, their families and other individuals at risk began arriving at the base Sunday. More arrivals are expected in the coming days.

Fort McCoy spokeswoman Cheryl Phillips said refugees are flying into Volk Field Air National Guard Base and being transported to Fort McCoy, which is located between Tomah and Sparta, about 100 miles northwest of Madison.

It was not immediately clear how many refugees Fort McCoy will be receiving.

The base is reportedly prepared to house around 22,000 refugees.

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