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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.

Angela Kellner is the KLCC host of All Things Considered and a reporter. Angela began as a KLCC volunteer in 1991 when she was in high school. While a student at Lane Community College, she was hired in 1993 for a work-study position in the KLCC Music Department and has been with the station in some role since then. Angela hosted KLCC's world music program Tropical Beat for 11 years from 1994 to 2005 and continues to fill in on a monthly basis.
Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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