Where and How to Donate Wildland Firefighters Fighting Northern Idaho Wildfires

The most needed donations are trays of water and moisturizing sports drinks.

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho. According to the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), many community members have asked where to donate food, water or money to firefighters working to put out fires in Idaho.

According to an IDL press release, many donations left at offices or fire camps are not suitable for use by firefighters.

IDL said the most suitable donations for firefighters are water trays and sports drinks. They added that they also need refrigerated trucks and trailers.

They need refrigerated trucks to collect ice in the Coeur d’Alene area and deliver it to fire camps, as well as deliver existing supplies of fresh food to catering establishments that prepare food for firefighters in fire camps.

Here is the donation address: Coeur d’Alene Interagency Fire Cache 3328 W. Industrial Loop Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815.

The cache is designed to store and maintain equipment and supplies for firefighting in the wilderness and is equipped to accept donations and deliver supplies directly to fire brigades.

IDL has also created a web page called “Fireline Donations,” which explains which donations are most needed and how to get those donations into the hands of firefighters and support teams.

For those who still want to help but live outside the Coeur d’Alene area or are unable to work with a local organization, IDL is asking for a cash donation to the Wildlands Firefighters Foundation. The main activity of the fund is to help the families of firefighters who died in the line of duty, as well as help injured firefighters and their families.

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