Philomath Fire & Rescue continues to stay busy contributing to the fight against wildfires. The local district sent personnel to two different fires last week. On Aug. 21, we learned that Fire & Rescue sent three people to what was called the "Milli Fire" near Sisters. Deputy chief Doug Lilja along with Lt. Bryan Crocker and volunteer Bobby Bueche all headed up to help out. A social media post revealed that they were headed back home Friday.
The most recent info available Sunday showed the Milli Fire at around 14,000 acres and 32 percent contained.
On Aug. 22, Philomath sent four more of its team to the "Chetco Bar Fire" in southern Oregon. This group included firefighter Levi Schell, volunteer assistant chief Marty Thurer and volunteer firefighters Dan Kearl and Brandon Leavitt. I haven't heard if they're back or not. Hopefully, everybody is staying safe.
This morning, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's office sent out an update that showed the Chetco Bar Fire, located about five miles northeast of Brookings, could be in danger of spreading because of expected conditions such as gusty winds and low humidity. Firefighters worked on the firelines and continued structure protection efforts. Through Saturday, the fire had burned 107,993 acres.