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local | Northwest Wildfires 2014

Fire Evacuees Find Help With Donation Centers, Shelters

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Department ordered more homeowners to evacuate Monday afternoon. These newest evacuations came after firefighters saw a brief relief from high winds and hot weather Sunday.

So far the fire has displaced about 150 people. The Red Cross has set up four shelters in the region.

Pam Fox, a volunteering at the center in Chelan, Washington, said about 100 people stayed the first night evacuations took place late last week. But those numbers have gone down dramatically as many have been able to return home or are staying with family.

Some of them, like Salcido, are camping. For many, the situation is especially difficult, as they still have to go to work.

In the meantime, fire crews worry that the next few days could bring more lightning strikes to the area. And shelters are preparing for more evacuations as the potential for more fires continues.

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