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Local donations pile up as firefighter continue efforts in John Day

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With several hundred thousand acres of Oregon wildlands still burning, weary firefighters are returning from the fire lines for some much-needed rest.

Nathan Leek, a Hillsboro Fire Department Battalion Chief, spent five days fighting the Canyon Creek Fire burning near John Day, heading up a 16-man task force from Washington County.  Tasked to protect homes from the fire, Leek said three homes his crew spent the day defending were destroyed during the night shift.

“The homeowners are really grateful for the work they're doing, so it was difficult for them (the firefighters) to get out of their beds at 5am, rush up to the fire line and find out some of those buildings were lost,” said Leek.

While Leek and his men toiled in Eastern Oregon, Melissa Davis and her husband Tim spent the week collecting donations for the firefighters working in John Day.  They recently sent a 26-foot truck filled with snacks donated by Frito Lay, water, and other supplies to the fire lines.

“I try to put myself in their position,” said Melissa Davis.  “I think about their exhaustion their fatigue, and I think about myself being able to crawl into a warm bed and they're not able to do that.”

Davis is working on her next truck-full of provisions, which community members and local businesses like Albertson’s have been dropping off in her driveway.

Anyone interested in donating supplies to the efforts in Eastern Oregon can contact Melissa Davis at 503-351-0353.

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