Responders establish camp for Milepost 97 fire

Kyle Reed with the DFPA says the camp off exit 103 is prime real estate due to it's access to water and electricity, something not always accessible in these situations.

Posted: Jul 28, 2019 9:03 PM
Updated: Jul 31, 2019 11:15 AM

TRI-CITY, Ore. -- Officials with the Douglas Forest Protective Association say over 900 responders have set up camp in Tri-City with more expected to come soon.

Kyle Reed with the DFPA says the camp off exit 103 is prime real estate due to it's access to water and electricity, something not always accessible in these situations.

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"We've got to bring people from all over the place to help with this," said Reed. "Things are really starting to come together now, and it's looking like a small city very quickly."

He said the camp started assembling Friday and has come together quickly which he says is important because some of these crews may be here a while.

Reed says the majority of the crews fighting this fire are seasonal and that volunteers make up a large sum too.

"(There's) not only going to be people locally here," said Reed. "But from across the region and potentially across the west. The personnel on scene we're gonna have everybody from DFPA personnel, department of forestry personnel, local fire departments have people here, local loggers and timber companies and some people from the Cow Creek tribes.

Responders will spend about 16 hours every day fighting the fire and eight at the camp to rest.

Reed says they have taken an aggressive approach to fighting this fire and he also said that no one agency could do it alone. 

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