Local crews battle blazes
By R.J. Marx
The Daily Astorian
SEASIDE — Five members of the Seaside Fire Department and three members of the Gearhart Fire Department have joined the Clatsop County Task Force and crews from throughout the West to battle wildfires in Northern California.
On Thursday, the firefighters headed to Santa Rosa, according to Gearhart firefighter Chad Sweet.
This summer, California sent resources to Oregon to fight blazes. Oregon firefighters want to “return the favor,” Sweet said.
Gearhart Fire Chief Bill Eddy is among Gearhart firefighters in California. The Gearhart Fire Department has had the role of looking for and extinguishing spot fires that can easily flare back up after the initial fire was dissolved, his sister, Melissa Eddy said.
All strike teams the Oregon State Fire Marshal has sent south to assist with the wildfires in California are actively engaged on a 24-hour work cycle protecting homes and other structures.
On Saturday, California fire officials sent an additional request for strike teams from Oregon to assist with fires burning near Chino in Southern California.
In addition to Oregon, resources have come from Washington state, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona.
“Take the time to thank any of your volunteers,” Seaside City Manager Mark Winstanley said. “It’s a very, very serious fire and very difficult to handle. Keep them in your prayers.”