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More Than 250 Personnel Working To Fight Terwilliger Fire

Tiffany Eckert

The Terwilliger Fire in the Willamette National Forest is more than 1,200 acres and only one-percent contained. It’s burning near Blue River on both sides of Cougar Reservoir.

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Stacks of fire hose sit at the ready to fight the Terwilliger Fire near Blue River.

KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert visited the fire camp Wednesday, the home base for the more than 250 fire personnel before they head out to fight the blaze.

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Terwilliger Fire camp in a smoky haze with Lookout Ridge barely visible in the distance.

“The work is going to be arduous. These crews are going to be working on some very steep, rugged terrain. Not that they’re not used to it because most of the crews here have worked in this terrain before. But it is very, very dense wilderness. And there is in fact some private land but it is out of the scope of the fire currently. Other than that I asked if there any other values of concern. And besides wilderness, wildlife and recreation opportunities, right now that appears to be the extent of the values at risk. Of course, every single one of those firefighters is at risk as well.”

There are currently no homes or structures in danger. The Terwilliger Fire started Sunday. The cause is under investigation.

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