CANYONVILLE, Ore. -- Firefighters out on the lines of the Milepost 97 Fire greatly appreciate how much the communities impacted by this fire want to help them and give donations. Unfortunately, they just cannot take them. ODF shared the ways you can still show your appreciation and support.
If you try to come to the Milepost 97 Fire camp with donations, the Oregon Department of Forestry's Brooke Burgess said they'll have to turn you away.
"We have plenty of food here. All the firefighters are professionals. They've been doing this a long time so they know exactly what to bring. We supply them with all the food, water and Gatorade they could ever hope for," Burgess said.
Burgess added they used to accept donations in the past but they quickly learned how distracting it all could be.
"It disrupts our function that we're trying to take care of here," Burgess continued. "It overwhelms us here in camp trying to figure out what to do with those and to set up places where firefighters can get them."
Instead of trying to send donations to fire camp, Burgess recommends donating those items to your local fire departments.
"A lot of those departments are run on volunteers with limited funds. Anything you can do to help support them would be great," Burgess said.
If you're able to donate money, Burgess suggests donating to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.
"They help firefighters who have fallen out on the line," Burgess explained. "They help with medical bills and help them get back on their feet to recovery."
She added crews greatly love and appreciate seeing all of your 'Thank you, firefighters' signs.
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