Firefighters continued to battle massive wildfires in Washington state Aug. 28, which have killed three firefighters and destroyed dozens of homes and other structures. The Okanogan Complex fire, the state’s largest, has burned 292,512 acres—about 457 square miles—and is just 12 percent contained, the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center said in its Aug. 28 morning briefing.
Heavy smoke covered much of Eastern Washington, reducing visibility on roads and permeating clothing. Weekend weather forecasts called for scattered thunderstorms over Okanogan, which could slow the fires.
Tired firefighters and displaced families have relied on relief supplies from community members and other groups from across the state.
World Vision recently began distributing relief supplies to support workers fighting the wildfires and families affected throughout central and northeastern Washington. An Aug. 26 delivery included tents, sleeping mats, hygiene products, coolers, and other products at the Entiat Food Bank.
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