, a local Department of Natural Resources inspector, radios a helicopter carrying water and coordinated where the water should be dropped on a wildfire in Washington. White volunteers as a member of a Type Two Initial Attack Interagency group through the DNR and assists in providing relief for national disasters. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
Fires burned across the drought-stricken West Coast region again this summer, destroying both residential and wildlife homes. In an effort to prevent further devastation, one Wabash native joined men and women from across the nation on the front lines and fought the fires’ spread.
Johnny White, a local Department of Natural Resources (DNR) inspector for the Division of Oil and Gas, traveled to Chelan, Wash., in August and assisted in snuffing out wildfires for three weeks.
“Did you watch the news at all about the fires,” White asked during an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “There was a town that got burn over and that was Chelan.
“We were in a base camp near the Columbia River near Chelan and we went out to another fire about 20 miles away. We were spiked out there for about four days and we came back and the town was burnt over.”