Each year, with high temperatures, dry air, drought, effects of climate change, and human error or purposeful criminal activity, wildfires affect hundreds of communities in the western US. These wildfires are becoming more unpredictable and uncontrollable. The latest wildfires have affected Oregon, Washington state, California, and Montana. According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), over 3 million acres have been burned in large fires involving 60+ incidences.
When we published this Hot Topic in July 2021, the fires in Oregon, including the Bootleg Fire, had been raging for a number of weeks. The Dixie Falls Wildfire, located in Northern California, merged with another and swept through communities, causing thousands to be evacuated. And, the Granite Pass Complex Fire and Shotgun Fires were situated in Montana and covered 2,000+ acres. Wildfires have continued since then forcing communities to evacuate. In September 2021, it was reported that our historic "Four Guardsmen", including the General Sherman Tree, the largest in the world by volume in the Giant Forest within Sequoia National Park in California, was saved from the intense KNP Complex Fire that had already burned over 23,000 acres.
The following 3- and 4-Star rated nonprofits are providing direct relief and support or providing assistance to other service providers within communities ravaged by the wildfires in the Western states. Please click on the names of these high-performing charities to learn more about their mission, programs, and services.
To prevent wildfires, here are 10 Tips to Prevent Wildfires provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Although May is recognized as National Wildfire Awareness Month, wildfires can occur at any time.