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Michels crew helps fight massive brush fire

A recent large brush fire briefly suspended construction operations of a pipeline in Oregon’s High Desert, but didn’t stop a Michels crew from coming to the aid of its neighbors.

The brush fire consumed about 40,000 acres in north-central Oregon, near an area where Michels is building a 20-inch, 24-mile extension of a natural gas mainline. The fire did not pose a risk to the right-of-way or pipe yard, it did limit visibility, which ultimately led Michels to shut down construction for the afternoon. Just after that decision was made, Michels received a call from Threemile Canyon Farms, requesting access to Michels’ water trucks that were being used to control road dust. Threemile Canyon Farms is a large organic farm that has provided water for the trucks during construction.

The decision was easy. The Michels crews took the trucks to the fire as quickly as possible to help protect the farm, the environment and native species in the area.

No one was injured and no structures were damaged in the fire. In addition to the Michels crews, teams from 11 local fire departments, a sheriff’s department, a county road department and an Army National Guard unit helped battle the blaze.

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