With wildfire season in full swing, Red Cross volunteers in Oregon and southwest Washington have been deployed in their home towns and throughout the region to respond to community needs.
On August 12, the Cornet Fire in Baker County and a brush fire in Jefferson County required area residents to be evacuated from their homes. Red Cross shelters were opened in Baker City and in Warm Springs to ensure evacuees have a safe place to go.
Earlier in August in the Cascades Region, Red Cross monitored a wildfire that closed Hwy 84 in eastern Oregon, between Baker City and Ontario. Our dedicated volunteers were prepared to open a shelter if necessary, and to provide services to stranded motorists. A shelter was opened for residents in Roosevelt, Washington, as a result of quick–moving fire in that area.
In southern Oregon, Red Cross stood up a shelter for community members affected by the Stouts Creek fire near the town of Milo. There, concentrated smoke from the fire overwhelmed residents. Red Cross directed people to resources for breathing safely around wildfire areas and provided information about the effect of wildfire smoke on people, pets, livestock and drinking water.
Providing immediate help as a disaster unfolds requires ongoing readiness. Donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief help to put resources in place, ensuring volunteers are trained and securing equipment and partners needed to bring a relief operation to life, wherever and whenever it may be needed.