I spoke to a friend in the valley earlier today, and here is an update on the situation: The valley to the North and West of Winthrop was completely spared from the fire and looks like nothing ever happened. Turn around 180 degrees and look South and East from Winthrop and almost everything is scorched between the area above the Winthrop golf course all the way to Pateros and across the lower river to Alta Lake and beyond towards Chelan. There are pockets here and there that were spared, but for the most part it has all burned. The locals who didn't loose their homes are getting by using generators to power essentials, but the outlook for the next few weeks is pretty bad until they get the power back on. Most or all of the stores, restaurants, bars, hotels, retailers, etc. have closed or are running with minimal services. The only stores fully open for business are Hanks in Twisp, who installed a full disaster relief power generation system a few years ago, and Carlton General who hauled in power generators from Auburn so they could continue to provide essential services. The impact on the business community of the valley in general will be pretty devastating. Having to close for several weeks in the height of the high season will surely put pressure on a lot of businesses that rely on this income to finance the balance of the year. My friend was booked solid for the next several weeks, and has had to cancel at least the next 14 days of trips. But he is grateful that he still has his house as the fire came within a mile of him before turning down valley on the wind. I know that there are a couple of individuals known to the members of the board who lost their houses, and board members are rallying to raise funds for them, which is great. But the reality is that the casualties of the fire will run much deeper and the damage for many isn't as dramatic as a lost dwelling, but will still be devastating in the long run. I'm not sure anything formal has been or will be set up, but anything you can do to lend support for the entire community as future opportunities arise is also greatly appreciated.