Country music star Trace Adkins decided to cancel his Cle Elum, Washington show last night out of concern for the safety of his fans and residents in the area. There are wildfires in the area that has already taken 22,000 acres nearby. He posted a statement on his website encouraging fans to stay safe. Read the official statement from Trace Adkins below:
With heartfelt concern for the residents of Cle Elum, WA who are currently facing devastating wildfires, I can not in good conscience stage a concert this Friday while the community is under such strain.
We have been following the developments closely and while the Swiftwater Cellars Amphitheater is not directly in the fire’s path, Gov. Gregoire has declared a state of emergency and reports indicate that the fire, which has claimed 22,000 acres, will require up to seven more days before it is comfortably contained.
I know all too well what residents are feeling as they evacuate their homes. I thank God that reports indicate no loss of life. As the hundreds of firefighters, National Guardsmen and community leaders work overtime to keep everyone safe, I hope that those who have the means will also offer their help.
This local website provides a rundown of how to help, whether you are across the country or just a town away: http://mynorthwest.com/108/722836/HOW-TO-HELP-Cle-Elum–Ellensburg-wildfire-victims.
We look forward to returning and celebrating the community’s strength once this crisis has passed.
Trace knows all too well the damage fire can do as he lost his home last year to a fire. No one was injured in the incident and his family escaped safely.