Carlton recovery group offers assistance to Okanogan Complex

— People who want to donate cash to help victims of the Okanogan Complex fires can donate to the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

Jon Wyss, chairman of the Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group, said his group is offering to provide advice and strategic assistance to communities ready to move from response to recovery.

“Right now, we’re all focused on public safety and immediate disaster response,” Wyss said from his home in Brewster today. “When the time comes to turn our collective attention to recovery, we will be ready to advise and assist.


John Wyss

“One thing we can say at the outset is that recovery will take funding. So, we encourage all those who are concerned about the welfare of Okanogan, Chelan and Douglas County fire victims to give generously to the Community Foundation of North-Central Washington,” he said. “If there’s a specific community you want to support, you can note that on the memo line of your check, or in the space provided in the online donation form.”

The foundation, which assisted with Carlton Complex recovery, website is

In the meantime, the group is assisting disaster relief efforts, arranging housing for volunteers and displaced families and continue progress on homes being rebuilt after last summer’s wildfires. The group has a goal of building 40 homes for people who had inadequate or no insurance.

The first two homes to be completed will be dedicated at private ceremonies this Sunday. Work on the other nine homes has come to a temporary halt because of the current fire situation, he said.

Wyss also extended condolences to all victims of this summer’s wildfires and particularly the families of the firefighters killed Wednesday fighting the Twisp River Fire.


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