Willow Creek's Population Doubled By Fire Crews
Tents fill up Willow Creeks Veterans Park while crews camp out to fight the Corral Complex fire. 1,379 personnel are working to fight the fire that has burned 11,828 acres.
Over night, at fires like this, a mini city can crop up over night. Incident Commander, Carlton Joseph said it's like a home away from home.
"We establish these large fire camps and we try to get firefighters everything they need," said Joseph.
Everything like food, showers and laundry facilities.
Crews have come all the way from Kentucky to Alaska to help fight the fire that has been burning since Aug. 10th.
It's Ryan Leach, an Incident Meteorologist from Montana, first time going out of the area to fight a fire. He has been working on the fire for the past two weeks.
Leach, like many firefighters, had to leave his family. "I missed the first school day away from my son," said leach.
One of the biggest challenges at camp is feeding all the firefighters. Meals get delivered to them sometimes by helicopter if they are in remote areas.
Kirk Jensen works for the food contractor that makes food for the people working on the fire.
Jensen said it's a challenge making enough food for everyone.
"The base menu for these guys runs between six and eight thousand calories a day which is probably three times the normal caloric intake for a regular person," said Jensen.
The fire is not expected to be contained until October 1st, so the mini city in Willow Creek will be in place until then.