Gray Fire Recovery

Re*Imagine Medical Lake is helping to coordinate the Gray Fire response in cooperation with the City of Medical Lake as well as area churches, businesses, and non-profits.

Current Updates for Those Impacted

Request Help

Do you have a need that needs met? We have a limited amount of funding and resources available to help meet emerging needs for Medical Lake residents. 

Request Help

Apply for a Laptop

We have a limited number of laptops available for Medical Lake residents impacted by the Gray Fire. If you have a need apply below.

Laptop Application Form

Get Gray Fire Recovery Updates

We are now sending out email notifications of news and information. If you are not receiving these and would like to get on the list, please sign-up now. 

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SBA Small Business Support

There is support on the way for impacted business owners.  This support includes resources, loans, and business coaching for business owners.

Contact SBA For Details

Ways You Can Help Directly

The Medical Lake Community has come together and there are many resources available. 

Medical Lake Gray Road Fire Clean-Up Days

Give FInancially

There are many ways to give financially. Re*Imagine Medical Lake is collecting donations, and 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go toward fire victims and their recovery, and other organizations are taking donations as well. 

Give Through Re*Imagine Online

Volunteer Your Time

We are still in the process of assessing exact needs. If you want to get on our list of potential volunteers for local recovery efforts, complete the form below. 

Volunteer Roster Form

Volunteer Your SKILLS & RESOURCES

Do you have a unique skill or resource you can contribute? Do you have a room available? Do you have a trailer someone could stay in? 

Share Your Resource

Local Resources & Programs

Our community is coming together and offering a wide range of events, resources, and support.

Restoring Hope Resource Center

Rebuilding and other resources are available. 
Email ert@medical-lake.org or call 509-505-3650 for details or assistance.

Apply for a Grant from Re*Imagine Medical Lake

The money donated to Re*Imagine Medical Lake for Gray Fire recovery is now being distributed through need-based grants. If you would like to donate to this fund, you can do so here and if you would like to apply for a grant you can do that here.

UPDATE FROM THE SALVATION ARMY

All fire survivors of the Gray and Oregon Road Fires are eligible for asbestos testing reimbursement. This includes the insured, underinsured and the uninsured. Proof of income is not required for asbestos testing reimbursement. Please contact the Disaster Case Managers to sign up for reimbursement:

Gray Fire: Alaysha Breithaupt 509-263-1957 or Bill Shields 509-389-6286 
Oregon Road Fire: Don Simpson 509-389-6470  or Lynna Macleod 509-315-7594

Rent Assistance

Medical Lake Outreach is providing rent and utility assistance for those in need. Please call (509) 299-3819 to learn more and apply for assistance.

OUR PLACE

If you need (or want to donate) clothing, shoes, toiletries, or other household products or items, Our Place is an excellent resource. 

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Food Bank

Food distribution 10-12 every Friday 5:30-6 pm the first Thursday each month 207 S Washington St Medical Lake 99022. Everyone welcome.

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Medical Lake School District

The Medical Lake School District has compiled an excellent list of resources to help children navigate and recover from the impact of wildfire.

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Property Tax Exemption

Those effected by the devastating wildfires affecting the West Plains and North Spokane communities may be eligible to receive some tax relief for the current year’s property taxes.

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Samaritan's Purse Clean-UP Help

Free sifting for personal content and site clean-up for homeowners with little or no insurance. Call 833-747-1234 for help or 509-991-4304 to volunteer.

AVOID CONTRACTOR FRAUd

FEMA has some great tips on avoiding contractor fraud for those currently contacting vendors.

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FREE WIFI AVAILABLE

Free Wi-Fi is now available in the area immediately surrounding City Hall.
Select: Free ML WiFi
No password is required.
 

Clean-up of Wildfire Debris

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency (SRCAA) has important tips and advice on cleaning up wildfire debris.

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STEPS Shirt Fundraiser

STEPS Custom Print Shop in Medical Lake is selling Medical Lake We Will Rise Up Gray Fire shirts with 100% of the proceeds going to those impacted by the Gray Fire.

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City of Medical Lake Resource Library

The City of Medical Lake is maintaining a great list of resources, updates, and press releases. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of the most commonly asked questions. Please feel free to ask others if there is something not covered in this list via our contact form, and we will try to help find the answer for you.

Spokane County Emergency Management states that federal assistance is highly unlikely as we don’t currently meet the threshold of damage to public infrastructure. What about state assistance? Governor Inslee has declared a state of emergency and awarded Spokane County 1.25 million to help with transitional housing and unmet needs.

A long-term recovery group will be established. The group will work with disaster case managers and individuals to allocate funds.

Innovia will work with the long-term recovery group to allocate donated funds. Re*Imagine Medical Lake will be helping to distribute funds collected by Innovia. 

Apply for a Grant

Spokane County Emergency Management is trying to streamline the process and/or help with the costs. It is imperative for citizens to complete their Disaster Intake Form found here: Emergency Management | Spokane County, WA

Local testing is getting backed up and can take 2-3 weeks. If shipped to another state for testing, it takes about a week.

You can get the supplies free of charge at the landfill located at 1820 S. Graham Rd.

No. However, an older one might not include the entire structure.

Homeowner’s insurance should cover asbestos testing. Call your insurance agent.

SCEM: Don’t wait to get the testing done. Save your documentation, there might be a possibility for reimbursement

Contact local metal recyclers, American Recycling Corp. (509) 535-4271 and Pacific Recycling (509) 535-1673.

If you own more than 2 acres, yes. Contact the DR Northeast Regional Offices at (509)

684-7474 or fp_ne@dnr.wa.gov for assistance.

If you harvest trees to sell, you will need to replant either with seedlings or by natural regeneration with existing trees (provided there are green trees left on your property).

You can e-mail Andrew Perleberg at WSU Extension office (andyp@wsu.edu)

“Look up, look down, look around”. Is the tree completely black/brown with no green visible or any buds? Are the roots showing? Can you see the pitch oozing out? If so, the tree is likely dead. Washington State Extension and University of Idaho have lists of foresters that can help. Certified arborists can also help by providing an assessment and replacement costs. Google “After the Burn Idaho for a document that can help you evaluate your trees.

They will likely sprout back. Hardwoods tend to thrive after a fire.

No, DR will only issue one permit for each landowner who owns MORE than 2 acres. If you own less than 2 acres, a permit is NOT required.

Avista is currently working on a plan for the disposal of trees they have cut down. They will send out a letter to those customers. You MUST respond that you want them to remove the trees. Call 1-800-227-9187 for vegetation concerns.

Contact DR Service Forester, Jamie Rohrbach, 509-818-4485. Has 20lbs of grass seed available per landowner.

Farm Service Agency 509-924-7350 or Farmers. gov

Events, Fundraisers, and Other Resources

Check back regularly for a listing of current events, fundraisers, offers, and other resources for those impacted by the Gray Fire in Medical Lake.

Medical Lake Food Bank Food Distribution

Food distribution 10-12 every Friday 5:30-6 pm the first Thursday each month 207 S Washington St Medical Lake 99022. Everyone welcome.

Free Hot Meals at St. John's Lutheran Church in Medical Lake

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Medical Lake is providing free hot meals on Mondays from 11am – 1pm. They will serve until the food runs out each Monday.

Tuesdays/Fridays - Free Food Boxes

The Salvation Army and Redemption Church are providing pre-packaged food boxes for pick-up on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:00pm – 400 E. Grace Street Medical Lake.

9/23/23 - Medical Lake Restoring HOpe

Join us as we rally around the spirit of resilience, support, and hope that defines our community. Taking place downtown Medical Lake at Lake/Lefevre St., September 23, 2023, from 4:00pm – 7:00pm.  There will be a silent auction, entertainment, food trucks, and more. Details are available online.

9/11/2023 - Free Hot Meals at St. John's Lutheran Church in Medical Lake

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Medical Lake is providing free hot meals on Mondays from 11am – 1pm. They will serve until the food runs out each Monday.

8/27/2023 - Hasenpfeffer Fundraising Concert @ Fox Hole

Hasenpfeffer will be donating proceeds from their Fox Hole gig to the fire recovery efforts through Re*Imagine Medical Lake. Concert is Friday night at 7pm don’t miss a chance to hear some great music and support our community.

8/27/2023 - Community Wide Church Service

A community wide church service is taking place Sunday at 10AM at the Medical Lake Football Field

8/25/2023 - Free Food Distribution by 2nd Harvest Mobile Market

Taking place at lakes Harvest Foods from 11:am – 2:00pm on Friday, August 25th, 2023. A drive-thru event up to 250 families or while supplies last.
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8/22/2023 - 8/25/2023 - Free Hair Washes for Victims of the Gray Fire

Paul Michell School Spokane 10:30am – 6:30pm as schedule allows. Call 509-924-7454 for details.

8/23/2023 - Medical Lake Restoring HOpe

A live performance by the Spokane County Firefighters Pipes & Drums. Complimentary David’s Pizza. 100% proceeds from t-shirt sales support local community members impacted by the fire. Taking place at Cela’s Creative Learning Center Parking Lot 111 S. Lefevre Street.

8/23/2023 - Gray Fire Community Meeting

The Medical Lake community is invited to attend a meeting about the Gray Fire, its impacts, and next steps. The meeting will happen at 7 p.m. at the Medical Lake High School Auditorium (200 E. Barker Street). Representatives from Northwest Team 7 and local agencies will be in attendance, along with fire, public safety, and city officials. Officials will be there to both provide information and answer questions.
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Volunteers Needed!

If you’re interested in volunteering or helping in any way please fill out our Gray Fire volunteer roster form.

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