South Fork Forest Camp entrance in November 2017. Photo: Chas Hundley
At least 124 inmates from the South Fork Forest Camp, a joint Oregon Department of Corrections and Department of Forestry facility, have been deployed to fight fires this month, according to a spokesperson for the DOC.
The men at this facility have been deploying to fight wildfires, a tradition and task that has continued for almost 70 years since the facility was established in the Tillamook Forest in 1951.
According to Vanessa A. Vanderzee, a spokesperson for the DOC, crews from SFFC have been deployed to at least six fires in September, including the the Green Ridge Fire, Sweet Creek MP2 Fire, Yew Creek Fire, Pike Road Fire, the Echo Mountain Complex Fire, and the Powerline Fire. Some of these fires began before this past week’s conflagration . . .
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