Usually the parking lot at Brookings’ harbor is filled with boat trailers, rusty pickup trucks and tourists.
But this day in late August is not a usual day. There’s a wildfire burning five miles from town – and the vehicles coming through are much, much larger.
Jesse Dubuque, a resource advisor for the Chetco Bar Fire, directs the driver of a fire truck to a large shallow pool, about 6-inches deep with metal tracks leading in and out.
“Vehicles that have been up on the fire or going up to the fire, they come and they drive up on to it,” she says.