“It’s quite the moniker to have the largest wildfire in the nation for 2017 so far, but the silver lining for us is that now that we’ve been through all this, we can help other communities in their response and relief efforts,” Miller said.
During the initial days of the relief effort in late July, county staff and local volunteers struggled to coordinate a deluge of aid from around the state and country. The county DES website was updated frequently with new contact information for volunteers managing donations, as some were quickly overwhelmed by the response.
Eventually, Miller and a team of volunteers delegated the work, with people dedicated to coordinating the distribution of donated hay, or food and water for firefighters, while local businesses in Jordan and other communities provided storage as supplies were trucked in. They even developed a system for ranchers to collect materials to rebuild fences while also …