As Nicole West steered her bulldozer through the forest cutting fire lines to prevent the small Oregon town of Molalla from being destroyed, she had her trusty Boder Collie alongside. Nicole is a member of a group of ad-hoc volunteers that came to the rescue of Molalla when the federal and state fire officials had given it up to the every growing fire.
About 1200 people from all walks of life suddenly had enough, and came together, people with no experience and others with tons, rose to the challenge the fire presented them. According to the Molalla Fire Department the “Hilbilly Brigade” saved the small town from certain destruction.
As the Riverside fire was bearing down on the town of Molalla the people were told to evacuate, and some 9,000 people did just that, leaving much of their personal belongings and memories behind. Today the people of Molalla can thank the brigade for it’s work, they did it for free, and many of them had jobs elsewhere. Lets take time to thank them Oregon.
Written by Stephan Ball