Near the Klamath River in Oregon, Valerie O’Dai, the Executive Director of Relief Angels, is on hyper alert. Walking with Tzu Chi USA Portland volunteer Michelle Liang, she notices a heap of smoke trailing through the trains: “I’m going to run down and take a look at that. Make sure it’s not something that needs to get called in.”
But, alas, Valerie determines it’s a smolder: “If there were active flames, then I would worry about it, and call it in.” While she helps rescue animals from wildfires and reconnects them to their owners or to medical care, Valerie explains, “anyone that is in here is required to keep their eyes open at all times.”
Looming in the distance however, is the Golden Fire. At the time of recording, it had spread through approximately 2,000 acres and destroyed 43 homes. Because the fire isn’t large enough to warrant a federal emergency declaration by FEMA, Valeria explains that residents will not receive federal assistance, making the efforts of non-profit organizations like Tzu Chi all the more valuable.
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