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Three volunteers nailing house frames.Three volunteers nailing house frames.

Disaster Date:09/07/2020

Okanogan, WA


What Happened

The Cold Springs Fire started on September 7, 2020. This same day, about 80 other fires were also started in Washington state, caused by downed power lines and high winds. By the morning of September 8, the Cold Springs fire alone had burnt 175,000 acres. This fire burned nearly 300,000 acres along the Okanogan valley before it was contained. 78 homes and 60 other structures were destroyed, most of them on the Coleville Reservation.

Volunteer in Okanogan, WA

What MDS Is Doing

MDS volunteers will be working on new builds in collaboration with Okanogan County Long Term Recovery.


Okanogan County is located in northeastern Washington. It is the largest county in the state. Agriculture and forestry are some of the major industries in the county. The Grand Coulee Dam, located in Coulee Dam, WA, is the largest electricity producer in the United States, and is one of the largest concrete structures in the world. Methow Valley is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with activity options such as hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, and camping.

Weekly Reports

Okanogan, WA – Mar 6-12, 2022

On Sunday afternoon before the weekly crew arrived, some of the long-term volunteers were able to meet the owners of house 4 and give them a peek inside at the progress of the house. They were excited to see the progress and the kids had many...

Okanogan, WA – Feb 27–Mar 5, 2022

This week we were blessed with a large group of volunteers. The first group included Todd Haworth, Tracy Haworth, Paul Haworth, Wayne Brown, Jim Eby, Kevin Froese, and Jerry Moody. They came from Washington, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The second...

Okanogan, WA – Feb 21–25, 2022

Four of the February long-term team have completed a month of service. Rollie, Josie, Leo and Mim are all returning home this weekend.  Tina, Ryan and Les will continue on through the month of March. Lauren King arrived to replace Josie as office...