Oregon Gov. Kate Brown tours an area damaged by the Beachie Creek Fire, Sept. 16 2020. The Beachie Creek Fire swept through the Santiam Canyon area.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown tours an area damaged by the Beachie Creek Fire, Sept. 16 2020. The Beachie Creek Fire swept through the Santiam Canyon area.

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The fire chief for the Idanha-Detroit area works part time, and leads a team of 24 volunteers. When the Beachie Creek Fire roared into the Highway 22 corridor, Chief Will Ewing and volunteer firefighters helped to lead nearly 80 people to safety. Most of the buildings in Detroit burned to the ground, including the district office and one of their fire trucks, and Ewing says the road to recovery is very long indeed.

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