Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"Working better together"

Photo of the Two Bulls Fire this week in Bend, OR.  This is eerily similar to photos of the Awbrey Hall Fire in 1990....almost the same location - just west of town, threatening homes and prompting evacuations.  When asked what the difference is between then and now, Bend Fire Chief Larry Langston said, "we've learned a lot since then...not just how to fight fires smarter, but how to work better together".   Well said Chief.   

The Two Bulls Fire started on private industrial timberlands and made a 6 mile run its first day, dipping into the Deschutes National Forest.  The fire fight has been extremely successful due in no small part to the collaborative approach of a Unified Command comprised of Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshals Office and the Deschutes National Forest.  

Photo credit: Lisa Breck.

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