August 23, 2023 | 4:33 p.m.
Fires in the eastern part of Washington state forced entire towns to evacuate, burned thousands of acres, and killed at least two people.
Convoy of Hope is on the ground distributing food, water, and hygiene kits to survivors.
Wildfires can start in a variety of ways, including campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, equipment use and malfunction, negligently discarded cigarettes, arson, lightning strikes, and excessive heat.
The frequency and severity of wildfires is increasing. Currently, wildfires are consuming three times more land in the U.S. and Canada each year than they did in the 1980s.
No matter the type of storm or when it hits, Convoy of Hope is ready to respond and bring hope to people in need all over the country and around the world.
August 19, 2023 | 6:24 p.m.
Convoy of Hope is responding to the wildfires in eastern Washington by distributing food, water, and hygiene kits to residents in the affected areas.
Three wildfires are currently burning in Washington. The largest fire has burned nearly 10,000 acres and is 0% contained. As of this morning, 185 homes and buildings have burned.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources called the weather problematic for firefighting, further exacerbating the emergency. Warm, dry winds produce critical fire conditions.
“We’ve had to rescue people by boat. We’ve had to rescue people by helicopter,” Spokane County Sheriff John Nowels told NBC.
At least one person has been confirmed dead due to the fires.
Thank you for your support in helping Convoy bring help and hope during more than 60 disasters in 2023.