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Some Firefighters Facing Mental Health Challenges After Oregon’s Devastating 2020 Wildfires

Many of the fire departments in the area are volunteer based, and in September 2020 they faced something they’d never encountered.

It’s been a year since the Beachie Creek Fire devastated the Santiam Canyon. For firefighters in the area, responding to such a devastating fire so close to home took a mental toll.

Many of the fire departments in the area are volunteer based, and in September 2020 they faced something they’d never encountered.

“I’ve never seen that type of firestorm before and I’ve been in the fire service for over 20 years. But I think even more so it was in our backyard,” said Amber Cross.

Read more at KGW8

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