Bridge built in "record" time to help fight Wiley Fire


September 13, 2023

Provided by Kevin Van Cleave

An "oversize load" crosses the new bridge.

267 firefighters fought the Wiley Fire, but despite all this manpower they came up against a problem. How were they going to get fire fighting apparatus across Little Wiley Creek to continue battling the flames? There was a bridge across the water, but it wasn't suitable for such an operation.

So Fire Incident Commander Chad Calderwood posed a question to Cascade Timber Consulting staffers, whose land the bridge, built years ago by another timber company, was on: "What's the chances of getting this bridge fixed?"

Turns out, pretty good.

CTC Forest Engineer Kevin Van Cleave made a call to C...

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