The wildfire season in Oregon has been particularly devastating this year. Over 1,000,000 acres have been burned, over 40,000 people have been evacuated, and more than 3000 structures have been destroyed. The death toll, as of this publication, is listed at 11.
In early September, unusual high winds and continuing dry conditions caused rapid expansion of what has come to be known as the Almeda Drive Fire. This fire essentially destroyed the towns of Pheonix and Talent.
On September 8, the fire reached the home of Anglican Province of America (APA) priest, the Rev’d William Baker, in Pheonix. Fr. Baker, his wife Andrea, and their daughter Elizabeth, along with Fr. Baker’s parents, who were visiting, evacuated their home as it became clear the fire would pass through their neighborhood. All were able to safely evacuate to a family member’s home in Alsea, Oregon, where they are currently staying.
Unfortunately, the fire ravaged the Bakers’ neighborhood and utterly destroyed their home. The Bakers have lost all of their possessions. There is absolutely nothing left as you can see by the picture in the header of this article.
Fr. Baker is the Curate at St. Andrew’s Church in Jacksonville, Oregon. The Diocese of the West of the APA, where Fr. Baker is resident, has set up a Go Fund Me page to help Fr. Baker and his family recover some of the losses that insurance will not cover. Go Fund Me is a crowd-funding organization and charges no fees for use of its platform, other than the approximately 3% credit card processing fee.
The Go Fund Me account can be accessed here: Fr. Baker GoFundMe page.
Donations can also be made through this website by donating to the APA’s Disaster Relief Fund.
We encourage parishes and missions of the APA to inform their parishioners of this need. Any monies donated directly to local parishes should be forwarded to the APA Treasurer D. J. Fulton designated as “Disaster Relief.” Checks should be made payable to the APA and mailed to: D.J. Fulton, c/o Fulton & Kozak, LLC, 7187 Jonesboro Rd., Morrow GA 30260.