- Posted August 27, 2015 by
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WA Wildfire Burns Family's Home But Not Spirit
Lorne and Amber Brunson of Fruitland, WA lost their home to a wildfire less than two weeks ago as lightning storms created multiple raging fires throughout my area of Eastern Washington. We are experiencing record-breaking heat and drought and the tinder dry conditions are ripe for ignition.
My friends Lorne and Amber were one of the first families in the area to lose their home in the fires. So far 15 homes were lost in the Fruitland area. Many others have lost homes in other fires raging across the state and Northwest. Many more homes are threatened. Most of the fires are un-contained and weather forecasts are troubling. The air is thick with smoke across the entire NW. The conditions are unhealthy to be outdoors.
Lorne and Amber moved onto their land with their young daughter, Riley, 10 years ago and built their homestead from scratch. They are beekeepers and gardeners, with chickens and dogs. They preserve a lot of their own food, which was sadly lost in the fire.
I am so impressed with their spirit and resilience. You can see how thankful they are to all their neighbors who helped them. They are planning to rebuild already. They have temporary shelter in a beautiful home and have already arranged for a rental home that they will move into next week.
The stories about how the community has come together during the emergency all around us is inspiring. Many have jumped in to volunteer and help in any way they can. Donations have been overwhelming from the community for firefighters and the displaced. The bravery and endless hard work in extreme heat from firefighters make even the most hardened hearts thankful. Everyone is in awe of the work that these brave men and women have done.
The Fruitland fire has now moved onto the Spokane Indian Reservation where a Superfund site exists at a the defunct Midnite uranium mine. Officials are trying to ease the minds of local citizens by stating that there is no added risk if fire sweeps through the mine site. Some of us are not so easily placated by their words. It's a very real concern.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for my friends to help them start building their place from scratch. You can donate here:
Thanks for stopping by!