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Anheuser-Busch donates 51,744 cans of water to Pacific NW firefighters

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Anheuser-Busch is donating 2,156 cases of emergency drinking water to firefighters battling wildfires in the Pacific Northwest.

The company announced Monday the cases of water, totaling 51,744 cans, would arrive this week in Wenatchee, Washington.

Columbia Distributing, the local Anheuser-Busch distributor, is working with the American Red Cross and Chelan County Public Works to distribute the water.

It's been a brutal wildfire season in Oregon and Washington, with wildfires destroying hundreds of thousands of acres.

The Okanogan Complex fire has grown to be the largest in the Washington's history. It had burned 256,000 acres by Tuesday, with containment at 10 percent.

Three firefighters were killed battling the Okanogan Complex fire. A memorial service was schedule for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee to honor Richard Wheeler, Andrew Zajac, and Tom Zbyszewski.

Nearly 75,000 acres have burned in the Canyon Creek Complex fire near John Day. Dozens of homes were destroyed. The first group of 125 Oregon National Guard soldiers were set to deploy Wednesday to assist with the firefighting efforts.

Since 1988, Anheuser-Busch has donated more than 73 million cans of emergency drinking water following natural and other disasters, according to a company release.

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