Responding to the Spokane County Wildfires

August 29, 2023 • United States
A burned out car in Spokane, Washington, neighborhood.
Samaritan's Purse is responding to Spokane County, Washington, where wildfires destroyed hundreds of homes.

Samaritan's Purse teams are deploying to the Washington state wildfires.

U.S. Disaster Relief

Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Unit (DRU) #2 departed today from our West Coast Ministry Center in Fullerton, California, for Spokane County, Washington, where wildfires have tragically destroyed more than 360 homes and burned over 21,000 acres.


The Gray and Oregon Road Fires began August 18 in the communities of Medical Lake and Elk, burning through the invasive cheatgrass in the area and spreading expansively in 30 mph-winds. The fires quickly grew out of control and forced hundreds to evacuate.

Samaritan’s Purse assessment teams have been in the area since last week, working with local authorities to determine how and when we could best assist. In the coming days, teams of volunteers will begin helping homeowners sift through their properties in search of precious mementos among the ashes—a process that can be incredibly healing for families who have lost so much. Overnight and day volunteers will begin work by the weekend, with many scheduled to arrive by Thursday, Aug. 31.

We will base our operations out of our host location: Silver Lake Bible Camp, 10919 S. Lakehurst Drive, Medical Lake, WA 99022. The DRU as well as other support vehicles are scheduled to arrive at this location by Wednesday evening.

Please pray for our North American Ministries teams and Billy Graham Rapid Response chaplains as we seek to serve those devastated by the wildfires in Jesus’ Name.

U.S. Disaster Relief Samaritan's Purse mobilizes and equips thousands of volunteers to provide emergency aid to U.S. victims of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In the aftermath of major storms, we often stay behind to rebuild houses for people with nowhere else to turn for help.

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