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Families Fighting Fires Together

There are more than 40 crews fighting the Taylor Creek and Klondike fires burning in Josephine County. Many of those crews don't see their families for weeks at a time. One crew is changing that.

Posted: Aug. 8, 2018 6:51 PM

MERLIN, Ore. -- There are more than 40 crews fighting the Taylor Creek and Klondike fires burning in Josephine County. Many of those crews don't see their families for weeks at a time. One crew is changing that.

Each firefighter on one Pacific Oasis crew is working alongside someone they grew up with.

"Best job I could ask for and I love every day of it. And to have him out here, it's a dream come true. There's nothing else I'd rather be doing," said firefighter Travis Brewer who is fighting fires alongside his younger brother, Clayton Brewer.

The crew is made up of the Brewer brothers and the Culp’s who are father and son. Firefighting runs in the family.

"He's a third generation firefighter though. My father worked for the forest service through the 70s and he's a 3rd generation firefighter," added firefighter Donovan Culp, Ethan Culp’s father.

So far they've been fighting the Taylor Creek fire for three weeks. It’s burning 10 miles away from Grants Pass. It is burning over 41,000 acres and is 38 percent contained but this crew isn't slowing down.

“It’s great, I mean, getting to experience all the country and everything that I want to do especially with him by my side it makes it all great. It's great. It's a great experience," said Clayton Brewer.

They said working alongside your family is the ultimate support system. There's no better sense of security.

“I definitely feel a lot safer when I'm out here with my family," added Ethan Culp.

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