WILDFIRES CONTINUE IN THE NORTHWEST
In the Northwest, the battle wages on between firefighters and the enormous blazes that have engulfed many areas due to unprecedented drought. Nearly a million acres have been destroyed by wildfires in Washington alone, which has greatly affected most of the state’s inhabitants.
The group of wildfires that have taken over Oregon, Washington, and surrounding areas is massive. In fact, it is the largest in Washington state’s history. There is no end in sight either, as firefighter spokesmen estimate the burning could last for several more months.
This has affected outdoor recreation, which has a tremendous impact on the state. Both in Washington and in Idaho, Fish and Wildlife departments have made several closures related to hunting and other activities.
At a time like this, that last paragraph is of little importance when factoring in all other concerns. The important thing to remember right now is that there are many individuals that have been battling these wildfires for a long time and will have to continue doing so for the foreseeable future. Thousands of people from either in-state or volunteers from all over the country (and even many from New Zealand and Australia) have worked tirelessly to combat the flames and protect as many people as they can. Many lives have been lost in the process.
Hopefully soon, rain and cooler weather will return to help ease the situation. Until then, we wait and hope that increased resources will help make easier the unenviable task of controlling the flames.
If you would like to help, there are many national and local organizations collecting relief funds for those affected by the wildfires. You can find a few of those HERE. If you do choose to donate, please make sure that your money goes to an organization that will use it properly.