KANSAS (KSNW) – Across Reno County, scores of residents have been killed as the Cottonwood Complex Fire burns everything in its path.
One person died, homes were burned down and pets were lost.
It started east of Hutchinson on Saturday March 5 and burned 12,000 acres by Sunday morning.
According to Hutchinson County Fire Department Chief Steven Beer, 98% of the fire was contained in Reno County. The fire made its way into Harvey County.
To donate to firefighters fighting the fire, you can bring snacks and beverages, including water and sports drinks, to the Hutchinson Fire Department Training Center, located at 3201 E 4th at Hutchison.
Here’s how you can help victims:
For cash donations, you can call 211, go online to the United Way of Reno County website, or mail United Way of Reno County, located at 924 N Main St in Hutchinson, Kan. 67501.
You can also donate to the Reno County Volunteer Organization Active in Disaster (VOAD) through their website.
You can donate directly to Buhler School students, families, and employees by writing a check to the Buhler Education Foundation with “fire victims” in the memo line. This check can be deposited at any First National Bank location or mailed to USD313, 406 W 7th in Buhler, Kan. 67522.
According to Buhler Schools Superintendent Cindy Couchman, there are four families with students attending the school who need help.
Many victims created gofundme accounts and fundraisers on Facebook.
You can donate to Beverly and Roger on their gofundme. They lost their home, their cars and their beloved pets.
You can donate to Tammy Brown on her gofundme. She lost her home.
You can donate to West Lloyd on Facebook. He lost his house.