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Eddie Bauer Partners with Red Cross for Northwest Wildfire Relief Effort
Posted on August 25, 2015

Stark landscapes in a region with more than a half a million acres consumed by the burn.

One of the worst wildfire seasons in history is now raging in our home state of Washington, as more than a hundred fires currently burn throughout the Pacific Northwest. As you’ve seen in the news, multiple wildfires continue to rage across wide expanses of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, and Montana. Alaska has already experienced the worst wildfire season in its history. The fires have destroyed homes and businesses in their path, forced residents to leave their neighborhoods, and claimed the lives of three firefighters in Washington last week.

Hundreds of homes and structures in eastern and central Washington have been lost to the 2015 wildfires.

In our home state alone, more than half a million acres have already been consumed in one of the largest conflagrations of wildfire in Washington’s history. Air tankers, smokejumpers, and 1,250 crew members, as well as 700 members of the National Guard and U.S. military—in addition to municipal volunteers who answered a statewide call—are currently fighting more than sixteen massive blazes in the central and eastern part of the state, many of which may smolder until late into fall.

The Okanogan Complex fire is now the largest wildfire in Washington state history. It measures more than 400 square miles with only ten percent containment, eclipsing the scale of the 2014 Carlton Complex fire that created such devastation last season. Eight communities on the east side of the Cascades have been evacuated, hundreds of homes have already burned and, as of now, there is no end in sight. Air-quality ratings are poor to hazardous throughout the state, with a constant smoky haze lingering in many areas of Washington. President Obama has approved an Emergency Disaster Declaration for the state.

The Washington communities of Methow and Twisp have been hit especially hard by both the 2014 and 2015 widlfire seasons.

In light of this ongoing disaster, Eddie Bauer is making a donation to the American Red Cross’s Western Wildfires relief effort. If you would like to join us by making a contribution of your own, click here to be directed to the Red Cross website. Our hearts go out to those in our community who have been impacted by these tragic events.

 

All Photos Courtesy of the American Red Cross

Author: - Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
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