MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Ore. -- Crews are still battling the Terwilliger Fire. As of Wednesday evening, nearly 7,000 acres have been impacted and crews have 17 percent of the fire contained.
Crews have been at the incident command post for the Terwilliger Fire at the Tokatee Golf Course since Aug. 22.
KEZI spoke with Alan Sinclair, the incident commander. He said more than 500 firefighters from all over the country are fighting the fire and staying at the command post to rest, eat and plan for their upcoming shift.
Sinclair said there is a day and night side crew. He said firefighters are usually working 16 hours each shift, trying to get a hold of the large fire.
"The progress is slow, the terrain is very difficult to maneuver through, and it's burning in a fuel type that has a very heavy down and dead component, so there's a lot of heavy materials that are burning," Sinclair said.
Sinclair said although the terrain can be an obstacle at times, they have used helicopters to drop water and retardant to help the ground crews' efforts.
He said on Wednesday a new incident management team was shadowing his team to learn more about the fire. Sinclair said they will take over starting Thursday.
Sinclair said crews will be fighting the fire for the next few weeks, if not months. He said they appreciate the support from the community.