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How The Wildfires Are Devastating Oregon And How To Help

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Smokey Air, The Wildfires In Oregon

The wildfires in Oregon can be seen on my route to work. As I drive through the smoke, I imagine how the “new normal” is going to be. I make a self-evaluation of how strong we have become after covid started, and how brave we are despite of the other difficulties we have faced lately. How many of you might know I live in Portland, OR., a small and beautiful city where many of us keep fighting for our rights, where people keep positive due to the last events, where even we are breathing the most toxic air in these days, we still keep optimistic, and where people keep helping others despite of their own situations and challenges.

The Destruction Of The Wildfires

The latest events have been devastating for many families. The wildfires in Oregon have destroyed entire towns and acres of forest. And they all seemed to have started at the same time, which was odd. Because it is unfortunate, as it was the perfect condition for the worse case scenario. With high winds, hot, dry weather and vegetation, and unfortunately, trash left by people.

 

 

It Is Scary

Many people that have lived forever in this area had never experienced anything so terrible because the wildfires in Oregon affected them so badly. Because it includes concerns about several issues, including climate change.  All the while, our society is being further divided.

It Is Devastating To The West Coast

Because We are all affected by the West Coast Wildfires in one way or another. If not by fires, then by smoke. Because there are so many fires, and 3 large wildfires in Oregon, that are near Portland, smoke is affecting the whole state of Oregon, most of California, and Washington. These other states are going through their own fires as well. I read the smoke reached Europe even.

Evacuating Means Leaving Everything Behind

The hardest hit by the wildfires in Oregon are those who evacuated, leaving everything behind. They lost everything, or mostly everything. Some are homeless. Speaking of the homeless, the homeless are greatly affected as well.

Right now, people need the basics: a play to stay/shelter, water, food, personal cleaning supplies, and clothing. Donations of pet food/supplies are coming in because animals have been greatly affected.  Veterinary clinics and the humane society are taking in pets. It would also be a great idea to help them out too. Also, I have seen how many of the members of our society have not only donated food but have food and feed for the firefighters, which are the true heroes in this whole story.

Even these have been rough times, covid, protests, fires, people from the Northwest keep believing these experiences are for our personal grow. I believe that as well. Coming to the office every day, being a witness of the many changes that have occurred lately give me the hope that the “new normal” will be much better, and as society we still have a lot to do to make this world better. WE WILL REBUILD IT TOGETHER

You can donate to these organizations that are working on the ground here.

International Fund For Animal Welfare 

The Salvation Army Cascade Division’s Emergency Disaster Services has been activated across Oregon, providing meals at seven evacuee locations across the state. You can help their efforts by donating online, by phone or via mail.

To support those on the frontlines of the wildfires, donate to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, which raising money to help injured firefighters and families of those killed in the line of duty

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