Crystal Mountain & Greenwater Fires

$70,211 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 324 people in 5 months
Created September 7, 2017
Tiana Anderson
on behalf of Greenwater Association
As many of you are aware, the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort was threatened by a wildfire on Monday, September 4th.  The Norse Peak Fire started on August 11th by lightning and has been burning in the Norse Peak Wilderness area.  It wasn’t until the wind changed direction that the fire became a concern to Crystal Mountain and the White River Valley.  The fire jumped over the ridge Monday night and the evacuation status went from a level 1 to a level 3 within minutes.  Guests and employees of the resort were safely evacuated and volunteers from the Crystal Mountain and Greenwater Fire Departments sprung into action to defend structures around the area.  For the first 48 hours these volunteers worked around the clock with very little assistance from other agencies.  As you can imagine with all of the fires taking place in the Northwest, personnel and resources are spread thin. When the fire came close to the road, they had to retreat. They returned at the first opportunity they had to continue protecting the area.  Fires continue to burn in the Bullion Basin area at Crystal and above the cabins in Silver Springs, Alta Crystal Resort and the Dalles.  Another fire called the Sawmill Creek Fire is also burning north of Greenwater. 

This has been a very stressful, terrifying and difficult time for the Crystal Mountain and Greenwater community.  Volunteers from the local fire departments have worked tirelessly and we’d like your helping giving back.  Your donation will go towards supplies, training and other critical resources.  For those who live in the community, another way to help is by becoming a volunteer.  It’s times like these when you realize how big a difference each and every volunteer makes in these efforts, whether it’s fighting fires or responding to other emergencies.  The fires continue to burn and it will take weeks if not months of ongoing efforts to fight and monitor them.  We are very appreciative of all the water, snacks, baked good and meals that have been donated over the past few days.  We’ve actually run out of storage so for now we’re asking that you redirect your generosity towards monetary contributions to assist the Greenwater and Crystal Mountain Firefighters Association.  On behalf of the Fire Chief, Paul Sowers, we thank you.  This will not only help aid in efforts now but will also make both associations stronger in the futher.  

The Firefighters Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and donations are tax-deductible. 

If you're wondering who I am, I grew up in Greenwater and have been working at Crystal Mountain since 2001.  This hits close to home personally and professionally.  Our community and the beautiful mountains we live, work and play in are very important me. Thank you for your support!
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A note from Chief Sowers....
On behalf of the volunteer firefighters of Crystal Mountain and Greenwater, I would like to thank you for your generosity. Your support, both spiritually and materially has been an inspiration to us throughout this event, especially through the first critical days when we were working around the clock and fatigue was rampant. We are closing this page at this time. Your donations have exceeded our wildest expectations. We will use these funds to support our mutual aid partners who were with us throughout this time, and to help our respective agencies increase their readiness for the future. I also hope to make a donation to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, an organization whose main focus is to help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families.  For those who still want to give, I would encourage you to consider this worthy organization.
With gratitude,
Paul Sowers
Chief, Crystal Mountain & Greenwater Fire Departments
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$70,211 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 324 people in 5 months
Created September 7, 2017
Tiana Anderson
on behalf of Greenwater Association
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