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As the Chetco Bar Fire rages uncontrollably in Curry County, we would like to give a big shout out and thank you to all the firefighters who braved this blaze since it started last month.

This kind of fire is really difficult to fight, to get under control and to keep under control. So over the past month we have seen massive amounts of firefighting equipment, on the ground and in the air, sent to coastal Oregon, along with hundreds of firefighters working around the clock in the midst of high winds and hot summer heat.

The idea of walking around in a burning forest with heavy suits and loads of equipment hanging off your body in 100 degree baseline summer temperatures is unimaginable.

Yet these firefighters do this again and again and are always ready to spring into action.

We also want to show our appreciation to all the other people involved in this emergency, including: local law enforcement officers, the Red Cross, the Conservation Corps, local tribal councils, emergency services coordinators, air quality workers and National Guard.

We are grateful that no one has been seriously injured, and not more homes have been lost.

The thousands of acres of forestland burned will recuperate.

It’s a dangerous and difficult task we ask of our firefighters — one deserving of thanks every time you see someone in characteristic boots and Kevlar clothing.

So thank you, firefighters, both local and visiting, and thanks to all the other supporting people and organizations that are helping to keep the devastation as small as possible.

It’s a dangerous and difficult task we ask of our firefighters — one deserving of thanks every time you see someone in characteristic boots and Kevlar clothing.

In our area in summer, we are all aware of the danger wildfire presents. We feel confident and thankful that no matter the time or the place, our firefighters will be ready when the next fire sparks.

We would also like to thank all of the volunteers from the American Red Cross and those who feed and take care of the firefighters and evacuees, especially those helping with care for the pets of the evacuees. We pray that quickly firefighters arrest and contain this destructive blaze.

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