Eastside donations being sought for refugees from raging Cle Elum wildfire

Eastside residents are being asked to help Kittitas County citizens ousted from their homes by the Taylor Bridge wildfire, which has burned nearly 30,000 acres on the opposite side of the Cascades.

According to media reports, the fire has burned about 70 homes near Cle Elum.

A local donation drop-off site to help evaucated families has been set up at the Issaquah Hilton Garden Inn.

"We need to get the word out to Westsiders" about the donation opportunity, said Amy McGuffin, a staffer with the Ellensburg Chamber of Commerce.

She requested basic necessities including water, clothing and blankets, hygiene products such as soap and shampoo, diapers and infant products, and dried pet food, including bird food and llama chow.

McGuffin said that an emergency veterinarian clinic is also being considered to help Kittitas County animal owners.

• Resources for residents affected by the Kittitas County wildfires can be found at


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