'Hillbilly Brigade' saves Oregon town from raging wildfires
Nicole West stands for a portrait with her dog Oink on a bulldozer during the aftermath of the Riverside Fire more
Matt Meyers poses with his chainsaw in a forest during the aftermath of the Riverside Fire near Molalla. He ismore
Trees are seen fire damaged during the aftermath of fires in Clackamas County, near Molalla. In a year when femore
"We were left on our own to stop this," said Nicole West, a 36-year-old ranch hand, as she briefly paused her more
A boy climbs a scaffolding at the Hansen family farm, where members of the Hillbilly Brigade and firefighters more
The Hillbilly Brigade "improvised and turned their pick-ups into fire engines on the fly," Penunuri said. "Themore
A car sits outside a home destroyed by fire in the Cascade mountain range near Molalla. Residents of Molalla wmore
The brigade formed quickly, amassing people who knew one another well and knew the difficult terrain all arounmore
On September 8, Terry Price (pictured) heard a neighbor banging at his door at 1 a.m., warning of fast-approacmore
The brigade filled a vacuum left by the absence of any government help, Price said. The fires raging across Ormore
The Oregon Department of Forestry said it was overwhelmed trying to fight fires across the state. Its districtmore
Terry Price said the crew on Missouri Ridge had no access to water. So he set about ripping 20-foot-wide fire more
Fire damaged trees are seen in the Cascade mountain range forest near Molalla. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Matt Meyers (pictured), a 41-year-old power company employee, and his crew were on their ninth straight day ofmore
An elk horn is seen in the yard of a home destroyed by fire. The operation thrived on close and long-standing more
A woman takes food orders for firefighters at the Hansen family farm. The result was a victory - for now - ovemore
A sign thanking members of the Hillbilly Brigade stands on a corner of a road near Molalla. REUTERS/Shannon more
The ash-covered Oregon license plate is seen on a car outside a home destroyed by fire near Molalla. "I think more
Steven Richardson, part of the Hillbilly Brigade, works on a hot spot. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A truck drives by the Hansen family farm, where members of the Hillbilly Brigade and firefighters from all ovemore
The remains of a sandwich sit in the seat of a truck of a member of the Hillbilly Brigade. REUTERS/Shannon Stamore
A member of the Hillbilly Brigade points at a location on an updated fire map at the Hansen family farm. REUTEmore
Darian Zeppetella, 18, a volunteer with the Molalla RFPD Fire Station 82 department, stands during the aftermamore
Firefighters get food from community donations outside a resident's home in Molalla. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A man with the Hillbilly Brigade works to clear trees on a bulldozer. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Volunteers carry donations at Bentley Feed store during the aftermath of the Riverside Fire in Molalla. REUTERmore
Bonnie Crawford, who returned to her home after evacuating from fires in Clackamas County, cleans ashes from hmore
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