Canby and Molalla fire districts send five personnel to Warm Springs fire
The Oregon State Fire Marshall called the Canby Fire District (CFD) on Thursday and requested it send firefighters and equipment to the Nena Springs Fire on the Warm Springs Reservation, about a two-hour drive east from Canby.
Canby Fire Captain Matt English, and firefighters Jordan Earmonger and Adam Carter, left town around 2:30 p.m. in a four-wheel-drive heavy brush engine, which carries 500 gallons of water and 800 feet of firehose.
They arrived at Warm Springs on Friday and joined the Clackamas County Task Force, which brought with it five pieces of firefighting apparatus, and more firefighters to add to the more than 500 already there.
English, Earmonger and Carter were assigned to the night shift, so at first they spent a lot of time waiting at their fire camp near Sinmanoshu.
Their primary job is protecting a specific group of 100 residences threatened by the fire that now has consumed about 35,000 acres and caused the Schoolie Flat, S-300 and Sinmanoshu subdivisions to be evacuated.
And the Kah-Nee-Tah Resort was under a Level 1 evacuation notice, along with the Wolf Point and Charlie Canyon subdivisions.
On Saturday morning, CFD Division Chief Todd Gary said all three Canby firefighters were sleeping at their camp near Sinmanoshu, or at least trying to, after spending the night joined with 540 firefighters from across the region who are trying to contain the blaze.
The Molalla Rural Fire Protection District also sent two firefighters to Warm Springs — Lieutenant Clint Shaver and Firefighter-Paramedic Lauren Johnson — in a heavy brush engine with 300 gallons of water and 600 feet of hose, Molalla Firefighter/EMT Bryce Estabrook said.
Shaver and Johnson are camped with English, Earmonger and Carter near Sinmanoshu.
On Friday afternoon, the latest information available at press time, the fire was only 4 percent contained. The fire marshal said the Nena Springs Fire was human caused, but more evidence has yet to be uncovered as all attention is focused on containing the fire now.
As a safety measure, the Deschutes and Willamette national forests closed all trail access in Jefferson Park, deep inside the Mount Jefferson Wildnerness, which includes 28-miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.
More information about Canby Fire and Molalla Fire personnel will be posted as it becomes available.