Firefighters brought a wildfire west of Pollock under quick control yesterday, July 27, 2017. In this video contributed by Salmon River Rural Fire Department volunteer John Sangster, U.S. Forest Service single engine air tankers (SEATs) are seen delivering loads of fire retardant during the firefighting effort. Sangster told the Free Press the Forest Service committed two SEATs, a helicopter and three engines and also said the Salmon River Rural Fire Department committed three engines. Together, they held the Whitebird Ridge Fire, which was reported shortly before 11 a.m., to less than three acres.
Sangster is assistant chief with the Grangeville and Grangeville Rural fire departments, and happened to be working in Riggins when he heard the call.
"Knowing the area and that there are scattered homes in the area, I responded to assist the SRRFD," he said. "One home and travel trailer were threatened, but the quick action of the SRRFD volunteers and neighbors kept the fire from hitting the home and trailer."
Kooskia celebrated July 4 with activities, food and then fireworks at Clearwater Valley High School last Tuesday. The event was sponsored by Freedom Northwest Credit Union (FNCU). Here, FNCU mascot, Scorchy the Torch, holds a hand out to make a new friend with one of the kids who attended last week’s event.