The Pine Creek Community Long-Term Recovery Organization

The September 7, 2020 Babb Road Fire devastated to the residents of northern Whitman County, Washington.

The fast-moving wildfire started in Spokane County before spreading across the county line and raging through Malden and the neighboring town of Pine City.  The fire quickly consumed thousands of acres of Palouse wheat fields and forced nearly 200 residents to evacuate.

Eighty-five percent of the homes and buildings were burned, many down to their foundations, leaving the streets in rubble. The community was most fortunate that there was no loss of human life.

In the aftermath of the fire, community leaders came together to think about the future. How will we recover? How will we be better prepared for the next crisis?

The outcome of these conversations is the Pine Creek Community Restoration Long Term Recovery Organization (LTRO). The LTRO has been dedicated to learning about the impacts of the fire, securing resources to help individuals and families, and mapping a pathway to recovery.



Scott Hokonson, Director

Heather VanDyke, Chair

Misty Herriman, Vice Chair

Rachel Blakeley, Secretary

Tonya Nelson, Treasurer

Mark Posthuma, Board Member

Janell Turner, Board Member


Get in Touch. Get Involved.

Send us a message if you need recovery assistance or have ideas about helping our community rebuild.

Tell us how we are doing.  We want to hear from you.

Pine Creek Community Operations

P.O. Box 47, Rosalia, WA 99170

Office Hours: M-F,  9 a.m-5 p.m.  Tel: 1-509-508-9806

214 W. Moreland Avenue, Malden, WA