Okanogan Fire Relief Fund Established

A message from Executive Director, Beth Stipe

The last 24 hours has been devastating on so many fronts for North Central Washington. Most significantly the loss of 3 brave firefighters – our hearts are broken for their families, friends and colleagues. Nothing we are experiencing remotely compares to their grief….and we grieve with them. CFNCW has been asked to establish a fund to support the ongoing losses of primary residences in Okanogan county and specifically the communities of Riverside, Nespelem, Black Canyon, Squaw Creek and Nine Mile, Omak, Twisp, and Conconully.

In addition we are still receiving word of losses from the fires in the Chelan Valley and are still recovering from the Carlton Complex Fires. On behalf of the people of North Central Washington, we can’t express often enough our heartfelt gratitude for the generosity and support of so many people who have helped our communities from all over the world. Our recovery is slow, painful, ongoing and extremely difficult. Thank you for supporting those in need.

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8 Comments

  1. Tony Mace on August 20, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    I see the press release but no link to the new Okanogon Fund…is it posted yet?

    • Jennifer Dolge on August 24, 2015 at 4:55 PM

      Hi Tony,
      Apologies – yes, click here to donate to the fund.
      You can find information on all of the fire relief funds at http://www.cfncw.org/fire.

      • Cami ross on August 26, 2015 at 3:38 PM

        I am from vancouver washington and ha e several trucks of donated food items. Where can we deliver them

        • Jennifer Dolge on August 27, 2015 at 3:44 PM

          Hi Linda,
          Thank you for the suggestion! We will contact them.

  2. Karen Durell on August 24, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Just wondering…my home was severely damaged in the Nine Mile fire and I have no insurance. I have been displaced for 11 days now. My daughter and grandson also lived with me. The red Cross is telling us to go to Brewster or chelan ànd we might get a gas voucher. I need help repairing my house. My dàughter and grandson need housing preferably before school starts in a week. Is there help for us? Thank you.

    • Jennifer Dolge on August 24, 2015 at 5:06 PM

      Hi Karen,
      I am so sorry. Please contact the Okanogan County Community Action Council as soon as possible at (509) 422-4041 – they have case managers that can help you find the resources you need. Please also see our Fire Relief Resources page for other services available. We will follow up with you via email to make sure your are getting the help you need or please call us at (509) 663-7716 if you need more information. Our thoughts are with you and you family!

  3. Melissa on August 25, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    There is a 4H group in Moses Lake that would like to provide meals to the firefighters. Where should we bring it and how many people should we plan on providing food for? Thank you for all you are doing to help!!

    • Jennifer Dolge on August 25, 2015 at 11:24 AM

      Hi Melissa,
      We do not coordinate these types of efforts – although this sounds wonderful! I would contact the Okanogan County Fire District to start? Their number is (509) 689-0216.
      Thanks for supporting our firefighters!

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