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Clatsop County firefighters battle blazes in central Oregon

Team sent out Friday morning
By Brenna Visser

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 28, 2017 11:49AM

Last changed on September 8, 2017 12:56PM

Dry and gusty east winds fanned the flames of the Eagle Creek Fire as the fire moved west.

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Dry and gusty east winds fanned the flames of the Eagle Creek Fire as the fire moved west.

Shaunna White, at a controlled burn earlier this year, was among Clatsop County volunteers to fight fires throughout the state.

Submitted photo

Shaunna White, at a controlled burn earlier this year, was among Clatsop County volunteers to fight fires throughout the state.


Firefighters all over Clatsop County joined volunteers in response to fires throughout the state. Among them are Cannon Beach Fire Chief Matt Benedict and Cannon Beach firefighter Shaunna White. Benedict deployed with the Oregon State Fire Marshal Incident Management to the Milli Fire in Sisters for one week in August.

Shaunna White was on the Whitewater Fire near Detroit for three weeks in August with Contract Agency Inbound, LLC, and subsequently deployed to the Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia River National Scenic Area.

As of midweek, more than a dozen wildfires are currently burning throughout Oregon. Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management activated the state Emergency Coordination Center, Monday, Sept. 5, to monitor the fires and provide support for local jurisdictions.

The Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County is the largest fire burning in Oregon at this time and the highest priority fire in the nation over the past week, the Office of Emergency Management said. .

The Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area started on Sept. 2, just south of Cascade Locks. Level 3 evacuations, affecting approximately 350 people, have sent area residents to Red Cross shelters at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham and at the Skamania County Fairgrounds, immediately across the Columbia River in Stevenson, Washington.

Knappa Fire Chief Paul Olheiser, who is coordinating Clatsop County’s volunteer effort, said firefighters from Seaside, Olney, Lewis and Clark, Warrenton and Knappa fire districts have been deployed to fires throughout the state.

Olheiser said the number of people sent and from which department is based on availability of personnel and resources.

Seaside Fire participated as a member of the Clatsop County Taskforce sent to assist the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office at the Milli Fire.

Olheiser said the number of people sent and from which department is based on availability of personnel and resources.

“When the state gives resource order, you go down the list of what the state is asking for and see who has it,” he said.



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