The wildfires in Washington continue to devastate several communities in the central part of the state. Q13 Fox News reported last night that one person has been confirmed dead, nearly 300 thousand acres have burned, and approximately 1,000 homes are still in the path of the fires.
Fueled by erratic winds, the Washington wildfires rage on unabated, with gusts of wind up to 30 miles per hour driving the flames across ridges and closer to small towns. People and their animals have been evacuating as quickly as they can, but many people have become separated from their animal family members during the rush to escape walls of flames.
According to Q13 News, there are nearly 1,400 people fighting the Washington wildfires now - some from as far away as Mexico. There are also 100 National Guard troops are on the front lines - and as many as one thousand more will deploy soon.
A cat who was rescued over the weekend from the devastation of the Lake Alta area has been dubbed "Alta" by her rescuers. The towns of Carlton and Pateros - the area that this kitty is from - were evacuated, but not everyone made it out together.
A rescuer stated on Facebook that Alta the kitty was "found by the Alta Lake Golf Resort by a kind woman who then drove a long ways to find her help. Moving her to Lake Chelan Vet Hospital with Dr. Shelton at 509 670 4664. She's either a calico or black and white that looks calico from the burns."
The burned cat has taken a turn for the better, thanks to Lake Chelan Veterinary Hospital. The hospital stated late last night: "If this kitty were a human, she would be airlifted to Harborview Burn Unit in Seattle. Her ears, eyes, nose, and pads have secnd degree burns and abrasions. She was found at Alta Lake Golf Course by a Good Samaritan. She's a black and white young female with no tail. She's friendly and trusting. She was brought to WASART Sunday afternoon in Chelan and she is being treated at Lake Chelan Veterinary Hospital by Dr. Shelton.
"In honor of this kitty, we are starting a donation fund at Lake Chelan Veterinary for the treatment of any fire rescues. The fund is named the Alta Good Samaritan Fund. Any funds remaining after the fire recedes will be transferred to the Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART) foundation; please share!"
It is unclear how many animals have been separated from their people, but local organizations, including WASART, are working together to reunite people with their missing animals.