The most common type of emergencies around here are medical issues, but through the years, Jon Zeilman has rescued swimmers from rivers, helped motorists injured on Interstate 5 and saved people and even a bunny from raging fires.
And he really has responded to 9-1-1 calls about cats in trees.
Firefighters still do that sort of thing in small towns.
After 27-plus years with the Jefferson Fire District — the last seven as chief — Zeilman is retiring. His last day will be June 30, and a reception will be held at the main fire station from 3 to 5 p.m.
He said that the best part of his job is helping people, sometimes when they're grieving for a loved one.
Crook County firefighters stopped a wind-fanned grass fire on a southeast Prineville hill that threatened several homes Wednesday evening, an official said.
Crook County Fire and Rescue was dispatched shortly before 5 p.m. to the fire on a hill behind Southeast Willowdale Drive, said Fire Chief Matt Smith,
Engine crews arrived to find the flames being pushed by the wind and threatening several homes, Smith said.
Four Crook County engine crews and a water tender, along with Oregon Department of Forestry and Forest Service resources, were able to hold the fire to seven acres, with no structures lost and no injuries reported.
KTVZ-TV NewsChannel 21
A huge evening fire Wednesday in Bend burned two houses and six mobile homes as it shot flames 80 feet into the air.
No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported about 6:41 p.m.
The fire is believed to have started in the garage of a home at 355 SE Miller Ave. and spread to an adjacent trailer park. Bend Fire Department Battalion Chief Dave Howe called it a “horror scene” as within minutes neighbors reported the towering flames and three explosions.
A driver died Wednesday when he drove his car off Highway 26. The car struck a tree and erupted in flames, according to Oregon State Police.
The crash happened between Madras and Prineville at about 5 p.m.
In addition to the driver, a woman and three children were inside the car.
Police said another driver stopped and was able to get the woman and children out of the car, but the man died at the scene.
By the time firefighters arrived, the car was engulfed in flames.
KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
Firefighters from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and Douglas County Fire District #2 responded to two grass fires Wednesday afternoon.
Firefighters arrived on scene of the Valley Road Fire approximately 7 miles west of Roseburg around 2:45 p.m.
Firefighters were able to stop the spread at ¼ acre of grass, officials said.
Around 3:25 p.m., fire crews responded to a second fire on Clearview Drive, located about 4 miles northwest of Roseburg.
Firefighters were able to stop that fire at ¼ acre as well.
KPIC-TV CBS 4
Nearly 100 firefighters were working Wednesday to contain a new wildfire on rangeland near the John Day River that grew to an estimated 10,000 acres on steep slopes in afternoon winds, officials said.
Crews were called to the Rhoades Canyon Fire, east of Clarno, after it was reported just before noon Tuesday south of state Highway 218 a mile east of the John Day River.
Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Lisa Clark said the fire grew quickly to the south due to light, dried-out grass, steep slopes and wind.
Authorities were investigating the cause of the fire, which was 30 percent contained by late Wednesday.
KTVZ-TV NewsChannel 21