Right now, in the province of British Columbia, Canada, there are 170 burning wildfires. This is the result. A smoke filled sky with an eery orange glow. You can barely see the sun. Please be cautious in this dry weather!
Hey guys, I’m a Washintonian. As you may have heard we’re currently having record seasonal wildfires. If you’ve never been here you might not know that a good portion of washington is actually composed of semi-arid desert. In particular north central, which is where the fires are causing the majority of damage. The communities that are being the most heavily affected are Okanogan, Twisp, Chelan, Wenatchee, and other north central towns and cities. The air quality statewide is horrendous; I live down in the southeast by Spokane and the air is barely breathable.
Washington State also has a number of Indigenous reservations, which are currently being disproportionately affected by the destruction of farmland and reduction in air quality that we’re currently seeing take place. Both the Spokane and Colville tribal communities are currently subject to evacuations due to the fact that a good half the state has suddenly decided to go up in flames.
I would highly recommend donating to the Chelan Valley Fire Relief Fund, who are currently on the ground distributing food, water, and shelter to affected communities. The red cross has been sketchy in the past, so if you want your money going directly to the victims I recommend the link above.
This is the largest string of wildfires Washington has ever seen. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed and dozens of firefighters lives have been lost. Please keep these folks in your thoughts and prayers, and if you can, donate to the relief efforts. Thank you.