Oregon fire chief loses her home as she battles blaze with volunteer crew

Oregon fire chief loses her home as she battles blaze with volunteer crew


An Oregon fire chief lost her own home as she led a volunteer crew on the frontlines of a raging wildfire.

Upper McKenzie Rural Fire Chief Christiana Rainbow Plews, 50, said she knew the blazes were spreading fast but hoped her house was spared last week as she helped battle the Holiday Farm Fire, the Oregon Live reported.

“We were just running and gunning and doing everything we could, but it was against all odds,” Plews said. “We couldn’t get anywhere. The trees were down. The fire was everywhere.”

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But the next day, she learned that the inferno had destroyed her home and another property she owned.

“My first thought was, ‘How do I tell my family?’ I didn’t know where my family was,” she said.

She called her husband, who had been able to safely evacuate, and tearfully told him, “I’m really sorry everything is gone.”

Devastated, the chief kept fighting the fires and only went to confront

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