The Eagle Creek Wildfire started on September 2, 2017, only 25 miles southeast from the city of Portland, Oregon. Two days later evacuations began being ordered and Interstate 84 was closed from Cascade Locks to Troutdale, as the fire spread to 10,000 acres. By September 5th, the Eagle Creek fire joined with the Indian fire covering 30,000 acres of national scenic area. At 3:30am on September 8th, the RRT Team from Portland, loaded up refreshments and headed to Hood River, Oregon, where the incident base camp was set up. There were around 1,000 firefighters stationed at the base camp, including crews from all over the country. Although this wildfire was not the largest in the country, it was considered the #1 priority in the nation. The reason for this was that it was a national scenic area, it had closed a major interstate in Oregon, it threatened the Bull Run Watershed and caused the air in the city of Portland to be filled with smoke and ash.
On Wednesday early morning, October 11, 2017, volunteers from the San Francisco RRT Team set out in two trucks to make a donation of emergency supplies at a few evacuation centers supporting victims of the wildfires in Napa Valley, CA. The trucks were loaded with water, coffee, food and other essentials supplies. The Team first headed to Sears Point, CA to see the level of damage in some areas where the fires had first started, on Sunday night, October 9, 2017. The next stop was in Santa Rosa, CA, which is about 60 miles north of San Francisco. The volunteers found some of the sights along the journey hard to believe, with whole neighborhood’s devastated, and even had the opportunity to speak with a few families who were left with nothing but a story to tell.
On Sunday, August 27, the Rapid Relief Team from San Antonio, Texas, drove to Ingleside, where they handed out hundreds of refreshment pails to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Each pail included water bottles, bags of chips, granola bars, trash bags, and a bar of soap. On Saturday, September 2, RRT drove three hours to Houston, with a total of seven trucks and five trailers, hauling thousands of RRT refreshment pails, to be distributed to the Hurricane Harvey Victims! On Saturday, September 9, RRT drove to Rockport, Texas, where they prepared a hot meal for hundreds of victims and distributed hundreds more refreshment pails to those working to restore their homes.