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Song and music video honoring Estacada community members who battled wildfires released online

COURTESY PHOTO: JESSIE LEIGH - Musician Jessie Leigh has released a new song and video honoring local residents who fought wildfires.

An upcoming song and music video honors Estacada residents who battled the Riverside and Dowty Road fires last fall.

"Small Town Fight," by Estacada musician Jessie Leigh, highlights community members who remained behind during evacuation orders to battle the Clackamas County wildfires, which spanned more than 140,000 acres. It also pays tribute small towns and those who have served in the military.

An acoustic version of the song and a music video featuring scenes from around Estacada was released last fall.

"We wanted to get something out there. We know music can be healing," she said.

The fully produced song is scheduled to be released on streaming services tomorrow, Sept. 25, and the video is expected to be released sometime next week.COURTESY PHOTO: JESSIE LEIGH - Estacada resident Luke Youngberg, one of the community members who battled the Riverside Fire, was interviewed for Jessie Leighs Small Town Fight music video.

"It's definitely one we've felt a big responsibility about, more than any other song. We want to do all of the small towns justice. Everything was really important, down to the mixing. We spent so much time on what instruments we wanted to include," she said, noting that the newest version of song includes electric guitar, piano, strings, drums, base and pedal steel guitar.

Scenes for the music video were filmed at property damaged by the Riverside Fire, Eagle Creek Saloon and the Springfield Armory Military Base. The scenes on the football field were filmed in Lowell, since one of Leigh's bandmates is from there.

The video also includes an interview with Luke Youngberg, one of Estacada's community firefighters.

Jessie is excited to share the song and video with the community.

"I want our hometown to be honored. That's the entire heart of the project," she said. "I hope people feel included. It's their song."

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