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Seaside, Gearhart firefighters aided California effort
By R.J. Marx

The Daily Astorian

Published on October 20, 2017 11:12AM

Last changed on October 23, 2017 11:43AM

Seaside firefighters join crews fighting California blazes.

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Seaside firefighters join crews fighting California blazes.

Seaside firefighters head to California.

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Seaside firefighters head to California.

Gearhart firefighters join the Clatsop County Task Force in fighting California wildfires.

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Gearhart firefighters join the Clatsop County Task Force in fighting California wildfires.

Area of the Santa Rosa fires.

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Area of the Santa Rosa fires.

Seaside firefighters gather to team with departments from throughout the West.

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Seaside firefighters gather to team with departments from throughout the West.

Gearhart Fire after a shift in California.

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Gearhart Fire after a shift in California.


Local firefighters from the Oregon Strike Team are heading home as California wildfire conditions continue to stabilize.

Five members of the Seaside Fire Department and three members of the Gearhart Fire Department joined the Clatsop County Task Force and crews from throughout the West to battle wildfires in California’s Napa Valley.

The firefighters responded to blazes in Santa Rosa, California.

Seaside’s crew included Chief Joey Daniels, Lt. Genesee Dennis, Captain Mike Smith, firefighters Alex Hernandez and Katie Bulletset.

This summer, California sent resources to Oregon to fight blazes. Oregon firefighters want to “return the favor,” Gearhart firefighter Chad Sweet said.

Gearhart Chief Bill Eddy was 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 10 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.

In addition to Oregon, resources have come from Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona.

“Take the time to thank any of your volunteers,” Seaside City Manager Mark Winstanley said at a meeting of the Seaside Downtown Development Association. “It’s a very, very serious fire and very difficult to handle. Keep them in your prayers.”











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