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ST. LOUIS — Anheuser-Busch announced Monday that it is going to provide 2,156 cases of emergency drinking water — or 51,744 cans — for use by firefighters battling forest fires in Washington state and the Pacific Northwest.

The company said a  truck loaded with water will arrive this week in Wenatchee, Wash.

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

“Firefighters and relief workers are in need of safe, clean drinking water, and Anheuser-Busch is in a unique position to produce and ship emergency drinking water,” said Peter Kraemer, vice president of Supply for Anheuser-Busch.

“Our local distributors help identify those communities most in need, and work with relief organizations such as the American Red Cross to make sure the water gets where it’s needed.”