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HOW TO HELP: Cle Elum & Ellensburg wildfire victims

By Libby Denkmann

The Taylor Bridge fire is currently threatening homes and businesses near Cle Elum and Ellensburg. It has burned 28,000 acres, destroyed 60 homes and threatens more houses and farms as it moves northeast.

Our friends and neighbors affected by this fire could use your help.

Monetary donations are a great way to help: The Kittitas County Red Cross posted on their Facebook page, “PLEASE consider helping us by making a monetary donation to the Ellensburg Chapter–We are located on 312 North Pearl Street, Ellensburg, WA.”


Donations of food (especially non-perishables that you can unwrap, like power bars), water, toiletries, baby items, and summer clothes, along with cat and dog food are accepted at the following locations.

***There continues to be a need for socks, bras, and other undergarments. Also needed are eye drops, contact solution, shelving, and clothing racks.


Sahaptin Outfitters (Cle Elum)
119 East 1st Street
Cle Elum
(509) 315-6276

Holiday Inn Express (Brittany)
1620 Canyon Road Ellensburg, WA 98926
(509) 962-9400

Udderly Espresso” two location. Bi_Mart parking lot and Conoco Station West interchange across from Perkins


The Kittitas County Fairgrounds are temporarily housing 200 evacuated horses, along with various other livestock including alpacas, donkeys, goats, and mules.

However the fairgrounds need help–Donations of feed, buckets, flyspray, lead ropes, and harnesses are GREATLY needed. If you can help, call volunteers at 509-933-8236.

Stop by the ticket office on 8th, the north side of the fairgrounds, to get on the volunteer schedule or drop off supplies.


The Ellensburg Animal Hospital is taking in small animals, but needs supplies:

“We are mostly in need of horse/llama/cow/goat/sheep food at this point. Grass Hay, water buckets, Equine Senior grain, straw or shavings, etc. These can be dropped off at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds or Ellensburg Animal Hospital –we will make sure it gets where it needs to go. Donations for the EAH can be dropped off by the side of the building next to the horse pens.”

Ellensburg Animal Hospital
1800 Vantage Highway Ellensburg, WA 98926


Home to 7 rescued chimpanzees formerly used for medical research, the sanctuary was surrounded by flames yesterday and staff are assessing the damage to their buildings and homes.

They are still without water and electricity as of Tuesday evening.

You can learn more and help with donations on their website:


Snohomish County Fire District #26 is collecting goods and supplies for the city of Cle Elum.

If you have any questions and/or concerns please call Fire District #26 at 425-418-9824 or 425-314-7591.

Drop off locations are listed below:

Fire District 26
42013 State Route 2
Gold Bar, WA 98251
425-418-9824, 425-314- 7591

Let ‘er Buck Corrals
17009 May Creek RD
Gold Bar, WA 98251

Sultan Ace Hardware
207 State Route 2
Sultan, WA 98294

Ever Green Diesel
17404 147th st. S.E., Suite H
Monroe, WA 98272

Arlington Hardware
215 North Olympic Ave
Arlington, WA 98223

Kenworth NW
11300 31st Dr NE,
Tulalip, WA
Joni 360-658-7049

Northwest Equine Stewardship Center and Cedarbrook Veterinary Care
Address 9812 215th Avenue SE, Snohomish 98290
Phone (360) 794-9255 and (206) 940-8589


3707 Airport Way South,
South Seattle, WA 98124

Reber Ranch
28606 132nd ave se
Kent, WA 98042

Hilton Garden Inn Issaquah
1800 NW Gilman Blvd Issaquah, WA 98027 Accepting 24/7

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Kirkland
on NE 144th St in Kirkland
Starting at 7am

Global Business Solutions Bellevue
150 120th Ave NE Bellevue, WA 98005
We are located in the Ridgewood Buildings across from the Home Depot; after turning into the parking lot we are the first building on the right; located on the fourth floor.
7am-4pm Monday-Friday

Renton Civic Theatre – Renton
507 S Third St, Renton
wed/thurs 11am-9pm. sat 11-3


Toyota of Puyallup
1400 River Road Puyallup, WA 98371
(253) 286-6000

Mortgage One in Olympia
8140 Freedom Lane Ste.B
Olympia Wa 98516.

(It is next to the freeway by Walmart, Harley and The Ram next to the roundabout. They will start taking donations today until 5:30pm and they open at 9 till 5:30 on weekdays)

>>>WE’LL HAVE MORE LOCATIONS/UPDATES AS INFORMATION COMES IN — To add a drop-off site or project to the list, please email producer Libby (

The Kittitas Connect Facebook page is being updated with the latest drop-off sites:

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