As firefighters battle nine large wildfires sweeping through the drought-stricken state of Colorado, more than 30,000 residents have fled their homes and are in need of immediate assistance.
As of Wednesday, the fires had consumed 181,426 acres, hundreds of homes and continue to spread. Winds of up to 65 mph helped fires breach containment lines, while exhausted firefighters are stretched thin trying to contain blazes in different areas across the state and over difficult terrain.
Fires are threatening the heavily populated area around Colorado Springs, with property losses expected to reach hundreds of millions of dollars. Tens of millions have already been spent fighting the fires.Regular updates on the size of the fires and areas affected can be found here.
Many relief agencies have requested monetary donations, stating that they do not currently have the resources to handle unsolicited individual donations of clothes, furniture or food. Please consider making a financial gift to any of the following organizations.
Colorado Springs – Waldo Canyon fire
Larimer County – High Park fire
You can also donate to any of the following:
Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado (Specify Colorado Fire Relief Fund)
Pikes Peak United Way (Attn: Waldo Canyon Fire Victim Asst. Fund)
Photo by The National Guard