Written by Phyllis Richards
Massive wildfires burning in California, Oregon and Washington have created havoc for many UCC members, churches and their communities. At least 17 homes have been lost to the fires in Oregon. Many other people have been evacuated in all three states.
In California some of the blazes are nearly contained as several new fires ignited Wednesday fanned by strong winds. In Washington, more acres were burned in the state Monday than were charred in the past 12 fire seasons, Gov. Jay Inslee said. In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown said more than 300,000 acres have burned across the state... "these are the worst fire conditions in three decades."
UCC Conference Ministers have been contacted. Many are still checking in with pastors, and assessing what's happening in each community.
UCC officers and Disaster Ministries' staff continue to monitor the situation and offer support. The damage in some areas will be extensive according to early assessments by local government. The long-term recovery response may last 3 -5 years or longer.
Your prayers and concern are welcomed and appreciated.
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Note: 2020 Wildfire Response on your check or in an attached note