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How to help those affected by wildfires

A firefighter yells out to crew members working on a line Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Twisp, Wash. Authorities warned that more high winds Thursday could make conditions very challenging.
A firefighter yells out to crew members working on a line Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Twisp, Wash. Authorities warned that more high winds Thursday could make conditions very challenging. AP

Emergency officials are asking people who want to help those affected by wildfires to work through existing charities that already have efforts in place. They are discouraging people from driving goods to any of the fire zones because communities aren’t set up to accept donations of food, clothing or supplies.

Here are some charities already set up to assist during the wildfires across Washington state:

American Red Cross: The Red Cross has opened a dozen shelters for wildfire evacuees and is serving thousands of meals and snacks to those people and to firefighters and military personnel brought in to help fight the fires. Donate to Red Cross disaster relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Chelan Valley Hope: Chelan Valley Hope can assist with immediate needs such as food, clothing, shelter and transportation as well as long-term recovery planning. They are working with the Lake Chelan Chamber, Give Naked, the Red Cross, area churches and many other local volunteer organizations to coordinate relief efforts and leverage assets. Contact Chelan Valley Hope at 509-888-2114 or ChelanValleyHope.org. Or donate at Givenaked.org.

Community Foundation of North Central Washington: The foundation runs several funds that benefit the local communities, including funds specifically for those affected by the Okanogan and Chelan fires. Go to cfncw.org to donate or learn more.

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