Indiana volunteers to aid in Washington wildfire

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

OLYMPIA, Wash. Firefighters are making progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control,

Volunteers from Indiana will be helping families affected by the flames.Two Indiana residents volunteering with the American Red Cross are already on their way to help.

The Northwest Indiana Times reports that George Hayes, 41, of LaPorte will oversee efforts to provide health care to families driven from their homes.

And Pat Rinehart of Flora Indiana will supervise shelter provisions for those displaced residents

Wetter weather is bringing some relief but also raising concerns about flash flooding.

The Carlton Complex of fires has has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of the state. Fire spokeswoman Jessica Payne said it was 16 percent contained as of Tuesday.

Firefighters and local authorities have been heartened by forecasts that call for cooler temperatures and higher humidity. But even though wetter weather has moved in, they worry that lightning strikes could ignite more fires.

Rain also brings worries about the potential for flash flooding because so much ground vegetation has been burned away.

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch from Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening due to expected heavy rainfall.

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