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From KOMO

From KOMO

Not again. Residents of central Washington are still picking up the pieces from the Carlton Complex Fires less than a year ago and since Sunday Wenatchee, Washington has been in flames.

Last I heard, 4000 acres were on fire or had been burned, two fruit packing plants had been destroyed, and 28 houses– primary residences, not vacation homes– had been obliterated. Embers were dropping all over downtown in the 100+ degree heat and there had been an ammonia leak at one of the plants. A thousand people had been told to evacuate. As of tonight it sounds like the fire is under control but the danger continues.

If you haven’t seen the photos already, you can view 70 photos taken by a photographer at KOMO’s site, Photographer captures heart-breaking scenes of wildfire’s rage.

People and animals could use your help. One report said the escaped and displaced animals were overwhelming the Humane Society. According to KING 5:

Several groups are helping aid families affected by the Wenatchee wildfire and are accepting donations.

The Community Foundation of NCW has established a fire fund to help support firefighters and displaced families and animals affected by the fires in the Wenatchee Valley.

The “Sleepy Hollow Heights Fire Support” will provide food and other needs. Monetary donations can be made online here or at the Community Foundation office at 9 S. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee, WA 98801.

American Red Cross Serving the Greater Inland Northwest

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society

The Wenatchee World will continue to post updates. They also have Photo gallery: Aerial view of fire damage.

The weather is hotter and drier than normal here in western Washington this year. We’ve had a major lack of rain. To avoid tragedies like the Wenatchee conflagration, please consider forgoing the fireworks this year. Many cities ban them anyway. You can watch them at many public celebrations.

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A Pateros homeowner sent me this video, which illustrates just how devastating the Carlton Complex Fires of last summer were. People in that area are still struggling with homelessness and to meet their everyday needs. The effort to assist survivors is ongoing– please visit the Carlton Complex Recovery site to learn more.

Note the fire right next to the road… the flashlight seen on the hill near the burning houses… the moment when the power goes out… the call to evacuate over the loudspeakers, and how this region looked like utter darkness ablaze during the daytime.

Also see Pateros Needs Your Help! and Pateros in Flames. Remember, most of the survivors are not receiving government assistance. They are dependent upon the goodness of others and their own efforts.

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If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. –William Penn

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