NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — In the wake of multiple fires breaking out in the region in the last week, many people are left wondering what they can do to help.
Fire agencies say the best thing is to donate to one of several agencies including the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, ACCESS, Goodwill, The United Community Action Network, and Reaching Our Community Food Pantry.
Fire officials say they are not accepting food, clothing, or other supplies at this time. They say they do not have the resources to deal with extra supplies, and say they have the necessities for all personnel.
However, officials with the State Fire Marshall’s office says people who want to help out can also contact their local fire agencies.
“I know several of the departments do rely on donations for upkeep of their equipment, or purchase of new equipment, things of that sort, so that’s a real need in some communities. You’d have to check with your local department to see what those needs are,” said Chris Arnold, a public information officer for the State Fire Marshall’s office.
Fire officials also said just thanking the fire fighters with signs or on social media is another way to help out.