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Donations flood in for those affected by Cayuse Mountain Fire

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More than 18,000 acres and 14 homes have been destroyed because of the fire. More than 18,000 acres and 14 homes have been destroyed because of the fire.
WELLPINIT, Wash. -

The Cayuse Mountain fire burning on the Spokane Tribe Reservation is 40 percent contained. It's burned more than 18,000 acres and 14 homes have been destroyed because of it.

Town officials opened a donation center for people in Wellpinit who have lost everything or just need help in this desperate time. The lack of water remains a concern in Wellpinit. The city's water tank normally has 30 feet of water in it but on Wednesday it had 2 feet of water. Thursday, it had 6 feet of water. So people are doing what they can, donating water bottles and everything they can in order to help.

"The water is definitely a blessing," said Joni Scott, a resident in Wellpinit. Packs of water bottles have been donated to the town of Wellpinit. It's emotional for people to think about the flames that's torn through the community. "I mean, do you turn around and look? Before you go out the door even? I mean it really is heart wrenching," said Scott.

Scott had to evacuate her home on Sunday but she is able to go back to it now. Though winds could pick up this weekend and really change everything, she's got her car packed just in case with some of her daughters artwork, and other mementos.

Scott's spending her days at the Wellpinit High School to help in any way she can. "(There's) clothing and shoes and luggage. There's a category for everything," said Scott.

The donation center at the Wellpinit High School is continuing to accept donations. Volunteers are there from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monetary donations should be made out to the Spokane Tribe, Monica Tonasket. Other items, especially furniture like dressers, tables, and appliances, can be brought in to the school.

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