‘Firefighters back from Canyon Creek Complex: “It was just heartbreaking”’

Posted: Aug 21, 2015 10:47 PM PDTUpdated: Aug 21, 2015 11:14 PM PDT

By Kelsey Watts

Firefighters back from Canyon Creek Complex: “It was just heartbreaking”

Posted: Aug 21, 2015 10:47 PM PDT Updated: Aug 21, 2015 11:14 PM PDT

By Kelsey WattsCONNECT

CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) –
Fourteen firefighters from a Clackamas County Task Force just returned home Thursday, after spending six days deployed at the Canyon Creek Complex near John Day.

The fire was more than 60,000 acres, threatening more than 700 structures and only 13 percent contained as of Friday night.
It also turned 30 homes to ash.
“The absolute destruction – there’d be a few houses and then there’d be one standing, and then there’d be a few more burned, and no rhyme or reason as to why some were saved and some weren’t,” said task force leader Todd Gary of Canby Fire.
Firefighting task forces can be called in any time local crews are overwhelmed and life or property is on the line, provided the Governor signs off on the extra help.
Where they come from and the resources they bring varies depending on the needs of each fire.

Last Friday afternoon, Gary and 13 others in his task force – four from Gladstone Fire, two from Sandy Fire, two from Molalla Fire, two from Portland Fire, three from Clackamas Fire – got the call to pack up and go.

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