Wenatchee Wildfire Affects Pacific Northwest Brethren


Image: Chelan County Emergency Management
A map showing the area of wildfire near Wenatchee, Wash., courtesy of the Chelan County Emergency Management agency.

Brethren Disaster Ministries reports that a wildfire on the outskirts of Wenatchee, Wash., has destroyed 24 homes and 4 businesses. No lives have been lost. “We need and appreciate your prayers for my home town,” said Colleen Michael, executive minister of the Church of the Brethren’s Pacific Northwest District.

As of this morning, FEMA reported that the fire is 85 percent contained. Officially named the Sleepy Hollow wildfire, the fire started Sunday and burned more than 3,000 acres, affecting at least one housing development on the edge of Wenatchee.

Forrest “Frosty” Wilkinson, who serves as disaster co-coordinator for Pacific Northwest District, is monitoring the situation through partner agencies in the Washington State VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), on behalf of Brethren Disaster Ministries.

This fire comes on the heels of the recent Carlton Complex fires in Okanogan County, Wash. Six volunteers from Pacific Northwest District worked on a rebuilding project there the week of June 14 in cooperation with Mennonite Disaster Service, with more volunteers planning to serve in ensuing weeks.

“Please hold Colleen and all residents of Wenatchee in your prayers during this frightening and uncertain time,” said a prayer request from the General Secretary’s Office.