Help Washington Fire Victims

Wildfire near Twisp, WA. Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times via AP.
Wildfire near Twisp, WA. Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times via AP.

Wildfires are raging in Washington, Oregon, Montana, California… it’s never been this bad before that I remember. The past couple of day winds have been spreading the fires, three firefighters were killed, one is in critical condition, others have been injured, and Washington is asking for volunteers to fight the fires because there just isn’t enough help. Friends and relatives are taking vacation time to go lend their skills to the firefighting efforts and evacuations in other parts of the state.

Here are some ways to help Washington fire victims. The Chelan County fires are getting the most attention, probably because that’s such a popular vacation spot. But please don’t forget the other places where homes are being destroyed as well. Okanogan, Stevens, and other counties are in a dire state of emergency. Whole towns have been evacuated. You can find more specific information about the fires at InciWeb, the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, and Wildfire Today (thank you MVB).

Q13 has a Chelan Valley Fire Relief Fund with links to more information there.

Northwest Public Radio’s site has multiple opportunities to help, including how to give to the veterinary hospital in the Chelan area to assist displaced and injured animals.

The Seattle Times lists some useful information and has links to organizations that are helping out.

KREM lists more opportunities to lend a hand.

KING 5 notes a number of ways to help affected pets and livestock.

Unbelievably, the Brewster and Pateros areas are being affected again. It’s my understanding that some people still don’t have roofs over their heads after the fires there last summer.

The News Tribune and KOMO have slideshows that put a human face on this disaster.

Thanks for taking the time to browse these links. Whether you help by raising awareness, donating your time, goods, or money, or being boots on the ground– you’re awesome! Thank you!


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