HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three Hawaii Red Cross volunteers are deploying to Okanogan County, Washington to help with the Red Cross response to the devastating wildfires, known as the Carlton Complex Fire, which has consumed hundreds of thousands of acres in Eastern Washington.
Esther Lau, a Red Cross volunteer from Oahu, will be assisting in health services and left this morning. Barbara Dove, a Red Cross volunteer from Oahu and Cathy Lewis, a Red Cross volunteer from Big Island will be assisting in staff services and are scheduled to leave tomorrow.*
In response to the wildfires, Red Cross workers have several shelters open and are supporting community-run shelters. They are also providing food, health and mental health services and meeting one-on one with people to determine what other services they need.
The Red Cross is also distributing things such as trash bags, heavy work gloves and masks to people who are starting to sift through the ashes where their homes once stood.
The fires have burned about 379 square miles. The fire is just 2 percent contained.