ODF, Tillamook State Forest, wildfire

Three helicopters expected by Saturday at Game Hog Creek Fire

A helicopter stages at the Hornshuh Creek Fire Station in Buxton on Wednesday, July 14 2021. Photo: Banks Fire District

The Game Hog Creek Fire grew to 133 acres, and the Oregon Department of Forestry has tapped additional helicopter support to fight the fire. 

Flames pushed past some of the lines fire crews built on Thursday, adding three acres to the 130 acre fire, bringing it to 133 acres at last count. 

The steep terrain continues to cause difficulties for firefighters.

One helicopter has been aiding firefighting efforts; another was added on Friday, and a third helicopter is expected to join the fight on Saturday. 

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The helicopters, staging out of Buxton’s Hornshuh Creek Fire Station, have been dropping water on hot spots in order to reduce the amount of embers that can blow . . .

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