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By Akasha Spino-Bybee

CSR Enterprises is introducing wild land firefighters to the Northwest


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DEVASTATION: The effects of wildfires are fresh in the minds of Klickitat County residents who have experienced major fires in three of the last four years. The photo shows some of the damage from the 2013 Monastery Fire.

With a strongly suggested fire season approaching, several men and women are preparing to face many heated battles with one of the most destructive elements nature has to offer. Although there are hundreds of fire departments between Oregon and Washington combined, some of these ferocious fires call for more men and women than there are available. Because of this, the government offers its own brand of firefighting.

"About 17 years ago, the government began hiring out what are called Wildland firefighting crews to private companies," says Penny Cox, current owner of CSR Enterprises. "CSR Enterprises began in the late 70's and specialized in reforestation. Then in the '90's, it began an a...

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