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How to help Kittitas County wildfire victims

Money, not donated items, is what is most needed to help people displaced by the wildfires raging in Kittitas County.

That's the message put out Thursday by the state of Washington's Emergency Management Division on behalf of the Kittitas County sheriff:

"Cash donations allow for the purchase of specific supplies in the exact quantities most needed at each step in the response and recovery process, while donations of items such as furniture and clothing create challenges of storage, inventorying and distribution,” according to Mackenzie Williams of the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office.

Kittitas County Red Cross Chapter, Phone: 509-925-5866. To donate directly to the Ellensburg Chapter, mail checks to Kittitas County Red Cross, 312 North Pearl St., Ellenburg, WA 98926. Mark your check “Taylor Bridge Fire Relief.”

The Salvation Army has created a fund to aid people affected by the Kittitas County fires. Donations can be made online www.SalvationArmyNW.org (designate gift for “Taylor Bridge Fire”) or by phone, 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Kittitas County residents have created a clearinghouse for information on how victims of the Taylor Bridge fire can get help and how other people can provide assistance to people displaced by the fire, at this link on Facebook. Another one has been set up on Facebook.

An account has been set up at Central Valley Bank in Ellensburg in the name of Rodeo City Equine Rescue. To donate call 509-925-5444. Money will go for animal care.

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