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Fire personnel respond to canyon fire started by fireworks, and pickup truck fire.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - Fire district personnel responded to two fires on July 4, one above Lake Billy Chinook, caused by fireworks, and another on U.S. Highway 26, that burned a pickup truck.Quick and brave action kept a fireworks-started fire from getting out of hand on the Fourth of July.

Just before 9 p.m., Jefferson County Fire District personnel responded to a report of a fireworks-caused brush fire between the viewpoints and Jordan Road as it goes into the Lake Billy Chinook canyon, near the Crooked River Campground.

Fire Chief Brian Huff praised the "above the call of duty" work of Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy Brad Hamlin, and the fire department's Aaron St. John, for climbing down into the canyon, doing initial attack on the blaze. Their work was key in the fire being contained to half an acre.

"I would like to personally recognize the bravery of Deputy Sheriff Hamlin," said Huff, who added that Hamlin took the bladder bag backpack pump and climbed down to fight the fire.

The fire was on state park land.

Also on the Fourth of July, shortly before midnight, fire crews responded to a vehicle fire on Northwest Highway 26, milepost 113.5.

The cause of the fire was not known at the time of the report. When authorities arrived, the vehicle — a Dodge 1500 pickup — was 75% involved with fire. The vehicle was under a power line and blocking a lane of traffic. The occupant was safely away from the vehicle. Firefighters doused the pickup, but the vehicle was a total loss.

There were no injuries reported.


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