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Avery firefighter assists Oregon wildfire PDF Print
Monday, 30 July 2007 20:55

Avery County’s North Carolina Forest Ranger Joe Shoupe is battling a forest fire- but not in Pisgah. In fact, it’s much farther away, in Warm Springs, Oregon.

When a fire grows too large for local firefighters to handle- and appeal is sent out. Shoupe has traveled to several wildfires.


In Oregon, however, it’s a different experience.


Due to the amount of unspoiled land- fires get much bigger, requiring the help of federal agencies. Shoupe is assisting with logistics- not actually on the fire scene itself. Such experiences help him become a better firefighter.


While this particular fire is expected to be under control by August 1, forest service outings typically last two weeks- so Shoupe says it’s likely he’ll make stops at other fires before returning to Avery County.

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