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Wilson employees halt fire on SR 14 near Maryhill

 

Photo contributed by Kris Carlson

Quick Action: Thanks to the quick action by Wilson Construction employees, short work was made of a fire that started near SR 14, Aug. 28. It is believed the fire was caused by a semi-truck.

On Tuesday, Aug 28, a semi truck on Washington SR 14, had a malfunction near the rear tires, igniting a fire next to the road. In dry grass and sage brush country and with winds about 20 mph, it was fortunate Wilson Construction has 3000 gallon tank water trucks on site; each truck also keeps a shovel, pulaski and a five gallon back pack sprayer.

When the fire broke out the water truck driver could see it from up on the hill. He headed for the fire while other men came with tools. Wilson employee Kris Carlson had his back pack sprayer on and got into action. Next they called the helicopter that was working on the Oregon side and he came over and started hauling 120 gallon buckets and dro...



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