On July 14, 2014, a bolt of lightning sparked the Carlton Complex fire, the biggest fire in the history of Washington state. By the end of July, the fire had grown immensely, and firefighters struggled to control it. Nearly 300,000 acres were burned, destroying 150 homes within Okanogan County. As the fire raged on, Team Rubicon has deployed their Incident Management Team and has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Town of Pateros, WA to delegate response efforts within the city to the Team Rubicon Incident Commander. As the fires moved away from populated areas, Team Rubicon stepped in to help displaced and homeless residents and community groups with cleanup, rebuilding, and protecting property from looters.
In total, Team Rubicon deployed 83 members and coordinated more than 793 spontaneous volunteers, 5 nonprofit organizations, and 6 government agencies in Pateros, Washington, providing volunteer coordination, work order planning, and debris clearing capabilities to the impacted communities. Team Rubicon also managed donations on behalf of Pateros, WA, and directly assisted homeowners with the search and recovery of personal property and items.
Thanks to generous donations from Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and JetBlue Airways, Airlink was able to arrange free round-trip flights for 25 volunteers, to include logistics and Palantir Technicians and Analysts, who were critical to the success of the operation. These donations greatly accelerated response and assessment operations for the entire county.