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On Alert

Blaze reminds us: fire danger remains

September 21, 2005

Where's the fire?

Starting with an alert passerby and moving through 9-1-1 dispatchers and onto the ready crew at Westside Fire department, information spread — like wildfire — about Monday's blaze on Indian Creek Road at Barrett Drive.

Crews were there in minutes, and fire marshal Jim Trammell and his volunteers had hoses and tankers coordinated around the perimeter.

With a watchful eye on both the Hood River Valley High School baseball field and the Westside cold storage facility owned by Diamond Fruit, the firefighters sought out flames and quelled the fire within 10 minutes by about 3:45 p.m..

A well-attended mop-up filled the grass area and nearby woods with arcs of water and shots of foam and the danger passed. A potentially damaging fire was out.

It was not the first, last or worst fire of the year, but it bears noting that like so many other fires all parties worked as a team, right down to the high school administrators and custodial staff who made sure hoses and sprinklers were operating in the outfield to protect the fence and grass.

The fire also stands out as a reminder, as Trammell remarks on page A1, that just because it is autumn does not mean the fire danger has passed. It has not.

Help your local fire volunteers — be part of the team — by remembering that environment remains tinder-like throughout the mid-Columbia region.

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