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Colorado wildfire relief donation drive underway in North Platte

Donations are being collected at 920 West 3rd Street for fire crews and families displayed by the Cameron Peak Fire.
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 6:53 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -The Cameron Peak Fire in Larimer County, Colorado has been burning for more than a month.

As of Monday night, the wildfire had consumed 102 thousand acres and was 4% contained.

There’s word it won’t be until mid to late October before fire crews get a handle on the fire. The devastation and the images have prompted locals to help those on the front lines.

Tj Hagert and Charlene Swalberg are organizing a disaster relief collection drive.

You may recognized their work from last year’s collection drive that helped families who were affected by the historic floods in Nebraska and in South Dakota.

This time, they’re collecting essential items for fire crews and those displaced by the Colorado fires.

“My grandparents don’t live up in Red Feather, they live down by Greeley, but still the air quality is not very good,” Hagert said. “My brother posted a picture 45 minutes after washing his truck and it had ash all over it, so I’m kind of just amazed by it.”

Donations can be dropped off at 920 West 3rd. They are in need of the following items:

Water, baby wipes, paper products, hygiene products, non-perishable foods, pet supplies, new blankets, sleeping bag, pillows, stocking caps, gloves, eye drops, cough drops, baby items and sunblock. No glass containers or clothing.

Organizers are in need of volunteers to help deliver the donations to the area. Contact Charlene Swalberg at 308-520-9516.

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