The Pistol River Fire required support from Gold Beach, Cedar Valley, Ophir, Cape Ferrelo, Brookings and Harbor fire departments, as well as Coos Forest Protective Association. Port Orford, Sixes and Langlois Fire Departments began moving south to stage resources.
The Curry County emergency management team is reminding the public that a very high wildfire risk remains in effect.
Three separate brush fires broke out on Sunday, Sept. 4. While all were extinguished quickly, they serve as a reminder that wildfires do impact coastal communities, according a public service announcement released by the Curry County Emergency Management Team.
Fire districts throughout Curry County responded to the brush fires at Mile Post 330, Pistol River and Arizona Beach. The fire districts, comprised of nearly all volunteers, spent their afternoon responding to the brush fires, quickly bringing the situations under control and preventing the flames from spreading to nearby communities.
Nearly every fire district in the county supported or responded to these three fires, said Monica Ward, the Curry County Emergency Management Coordinator. Ward said she worked with Gold Beach Fire Chief Tyson Krieger to relay the information to the public.
In addition to Curry County entities, Port Orford Fire, Sixes Fire and Langlois Fire staged to send resources if needed. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon Department of Transportation also assisted the fire response with traffic control, protecting firefighters while they were at work.
The Curry County fire districts, along with and Coos Forest Protective Association, have worked closely to improve their response capabilities, Ward said.
“That coordination proved successful in extinguishing the fires,” she said.
It is easy to become complacent as fall approaches, reported the Emergency Management team, but residents should be ready to respond and quickly evacuate when the call comes.
“We encourage everyone to have important documentation, family photos, and go bags ready to expedite evacuations if ever necessary,” said Ward.
It is also beneficial to create a video of your home and belongings, uploading that video file to a cloud or download the video to a flash drive you can send to a trusted friend or family member to help with insurance claims.
“If you have pets, practice loading your go bags and pets,” Ward said. “Plan, prepare, and practice. These steps can save yourself and your family.”
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