As of Wednesday, August 6, at 9:00am

The Salvation Army is committed to helping the families impacted by the wildfires in central Washington. We are there 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 weeks have been delivered to Pateros, WA, for distribution (seven truck loads). Families impacted by wildfires can receive items. Please visit The Salvation Army Wenatchee Family Services Office (1205 S. Columbia Street, 98801)
  • Food and shelter currently being provided by other agencies. The Salvation Army is on standby to assist when other agency resources run out.
  • Our service unit in Twisp, WA, is writing vouchers for gasoline, prescriptions, and other needs; have distributed about $500 thus far.
  • Our service unit in Chelan, WA, is now writing vouchers for gasoline.
  • We began distributing tents on 7-31-14, as hotels are not available and shelters will eventually close.
  • 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.
  • The number of homes destroyed has increased to 330. Plus, a threat remains for approximately 3,000 nearby homes and commercial structures.
  • Monetary donations continue to be the most effective way to help families in need. Another suggestion for donations is gift cards that can be distributed to families in need. Gift cards to local stores help stimulate the local economy. Suggested vendors are home improvement and hardware stores (Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc) and grocery and clothing stores (Walmart, Target, Fred Meyer, etc). Gift cards can be delivered to The Salvation Army Wenatchee Family Services Office (1205 S. Columbia Street, 98801).

The Status of the Fires

source: Northwest Interagency Coordination Center

Carlton Complex
Okanogan County
  • Start date 7-14-14
  • Caused by lightning
  • Largest wildfire in WA state history
  • 256,108 acres (400 square miles)
  • 322 homes destroyed
  • one death
  • significant damage to the power grid throughout the Methow Valley
  • 90 percent contained
Chiwaukum Complex
Chelan County
  • Start date 7-15-14
  • Caused by lightning
  • 17,094 acres
  • 35 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
  • 2,200 acres
  • 70 percent contained
Snag Canyon
Kittitas County
  • Start date 8-2-14
  • Cause by lightning
  • 3,500 acres
  • 8 homes destroyed
  • 10 percent contained
Little Bridge Creek
Ten miles north of Winthrop, WA
  • Start date 8-2-14
  • Caused by lightning
  • 350 acres
  • 0 percent contained
Devil's Elbow
Colville Indian Reservation
  • Start date 8-3-14
  • Caused by lightning
  • 900 acres
  • 0 percent contained

How To 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:

  1. By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY – designate gift for ‘Central WA Wildfires’
  2. On-line at: www.SalvationArmyNW.org - designate gift for ‘Central WA Wildfires’
  3. 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.