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Trace Adkins Cancels Show in Washington Due to Wildfires

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Trace Adkins is known for having a good time, but seems to know when it’s time to party and when it’s time to put it on hold and focus on more important things. Wildfires have devastated Washington state, and because of that, Adkins has released a statement announcing the cancellation of his concert at the Swiftwater Cellars Amphitheater in Cle Elum tonight (Aug. 17).

“With heartfelt concern for the residents of Cle Elum, Wash. who are currently facing devastating wildfires, I can not in good conscience stage a concert this Friday while the community is under such strain,” he said. “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.”

If you recall, Trace has been affected personally by a fire, which consumed his Brentwood, Tennessee home in June 2011. He should be able to identify with the challenges ahead for Washington residents.

“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. We look forward to returning and celebrating the community’s strength once this crisis has passed.”

There was no mention of dates to reschedule the concert, but expect that to be announced as soon as the wildfires are contained and a timeline is set as to when things can start returning to normal for Washington residents. And when the time comes, don’t be surprised if Trace goes the extra mile and makes some kind of contribution toward relief efforts, too.

Here’s Trace’s video for ‘Ladies Love Country Boys’

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