The one-year-old boy and his parents were evacuating the Cold Springs wildfire before becoming trapped.
Such a tragic loss of infant Uriel brings the death toll from the West Coast fires to seven. His parents, Jake and Jamie, are suffering severe burns after attempting evacuation in rural Okanogan, Washington.
The family fled their home around midnight on Sunday when they became trapped by the Cold Springs Fire. According to a GoFundMe campaign set up by loved ones, Jake and Jamie have sustained severe burns to 25 and 50% of their bodies, respectively. As a result, Jamie is fighting for not just her life, but her unborn child’s, as well – as she is pregnant but in critical condition.
The Family Remains Critically Injured as they Suffer the Loss of their Infant Son
Jake and Jamie’s evacuation leaves a horrific scene behind – the family’s scorched truck left on the side of the road Tuesday afternoon. Search and rescue teams finally discovered Jake and Jamie barely conscious minutes later. The couple is gravely wounded on the banks of the Columbia River. Their infant boy, Uriel, taken by the wildfire, didn’t make it.
Thankfully, both parents have been transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster to receive care relatively quickly. From there, they are being airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Furthermore, their family’s GoFundMe states details on the situation, citing:
Jamie, 26, suffered burns covering 40 to 50 percent of her body and will undergo surgery on her arms. Jake, 31, has burns on 25 percent of his body and is preparing for surgery on his arms as well. Doctors are still working to clean the wounds on both… to determine the extent of their internal injuries. They are both still critical at this point, but Jamie is more so than Jake.
They have significant injuries and a long road ahead of them. Please keep them in your prayers.GoFundMe
Wildfires continue to rage well into Thursday, with no clear end in sight.
In addition to the horrific Washington fires, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th largest wildfires in California history continue to rage. Constant coverage of apocalyptic landscapes is adding to an already tumultuous year.
Similarly, the Orlando Sentinel is reporting on another round of fires that has already claimed three lives:
In addition, NBC and the Chicago Tribune have equally grim sights to behold:
In conclusion, hope is found with rescue organizations like the Red Cross (seen above). Donating to reputable organizations like the Red Cross is an excellent way to help victims. May a speedy recovery come for all those affected by these horrific wildfires.