30 July 2014

An Update About Our Work in the Area

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services team has been working in Central Washington and the areas devastated by the wildfires. According to the Associated Press, the cost of fighting this season’s wildfires has crossed the $50 million mark. This figure does not include loss of property and damage to infrastructure.

We are working in the area to provide immediate relief now, and will stay in the area for as long as needed. We will work with the community until it is restored, which may take years.

Tangible items donated during the past week are being sorted and prepared for distribution. Families impacted by wildfires can receive items. Please visit The Salvation Army Wenatchee Family Services Office (1205 S. Columbia Street, 98801).

Our service unit in Twisp, WA, is writing vouchers for gasoline and other needs. We are also distributing tents (beginning on Thursday), as hotels are not available and shelters will eventually close.

About the Wildfires…

Carlton Complex - Okanogan County

  • Start date 7-14-14
  • Caused by lightning
  • Largest wildfire in WA state history
  • 250,000 acres (400 square miles)
  • 300 homes destroyed
  • one death
  • significant damage to the power grid throughout the Methow Valley
  • 66 percent contained

Chiwaukum Complex – Chelan County

  • Start date 7-15-14
  • Caused by lightning
  • 12,225 acres
  • 30 percent contained

Mills Canyon – Chelan County

  • Start date 7-8-14
  • Cause unknown
  • 22,571 acres
  • 95 percent contained

Lone Mountain 1

  • Start date 7-14-14
  • Caused by lightning
  • 1,705 acres
  • 0 percent contained

How Can You Help?

The most critical need right now is for monetary donations. There are three ways to contribute to The Salvation Army relief and restoration efforts for the Central Washington wildfires:

  • By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY – Be sure to designate your gift for ‘Central WA Wildfires’
  • Online: Make an online donation by clicking HERE - Donations received on this page are automatically designated for the centeral Washington wildfires
  • By Mail: Send a check, marked ‘Central WA Wildfires’ to The Salvation Army, Northwest Divisional Headquarters, 111 Queen Anne Avenue N #300, Seattle, WA, 98109

The best way to help during any disaster, large or small, is often to make a financial contribution. Cash donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors without incurring many of the costs associated with sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods. Salvation Army disaster services are funded entirely by donors, and The Salvation Army uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief operations.

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