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8/7/2014 8:13:00 AM
Letters to the Editor
Printed in the 8/7/14 edition of the Lake Chelan Mirror

Firemen say thanks
On behalf of California Interagency Incident Management Team 4, I want to express my personal thanks to the local communities for the goodwill and cooperation we received as we fought the Carlton Complex Fire in the South Zone.
Our firefighters, information officers and other emergency personnel met with many people in multiple local communities directly affected by the fire. They heard heartbreaking and heartwarming stories about how the fire affected them. We are glad we had a chance to provide people with fire information and caring ears.
We also appreciate and the thank you signs, personal words of thanks and the many other forms of gratitude that were shown to the firefighters. These generous actions have reflected great credit on the affected communities and will be remembered as truly making a difference in the lives of these dedicated firefighters.
We accomplished what we did with support from local, state, and federal agencies and organizations all working toward common objectives. Many people and resources from local agencies and organizations were part of the team effort.
As we depart, I recognize that the outpouring of love and appreciation was made at a time when the communities were experiencing the stress of a major wildfire.
I sincerely wish you all the best in the days ahead.

Rocky W. Opliger
Incident Commander
California Interagency
Incident Management Team 4

Thank you
We are so thankful for every individual who fought the Carlton Complex Fires and for those who are helping with the process of recovery. The outpouring of community support has helped the healing process begin. Our hearts go out to every community member who has been affected by this fire. We are all relieved that there was minimal injury and loss of life. We are grateful the initial reports of total devastation were not true, and we recognize that it will take months and beyond to rebuild.
The disaster relief centers located in Pateros and Brewster have received generous donations of food, water, daily essentials, and household items for distribution from all over the state. The relief effort will move to downtown Pateros on Aug. 2 with the local and regional commitment to a long-term recovery center. It is with deep appreciation to all of the committed volunteers and supporters that we are able to create a sustainable distribution and multiple agency resource center for the next few years. This center will open in the near future in Pateros.
We live and work in an amazing community and we hope anyone affected by the fire will take advantage of the relief efforts of our communities. We continue to hear stories of the extraordinary things happening every day. We recognize that teams of volunteers and service agencies will continue to offer support to individuals in the recovery and rebuilding process.

Lois A. Davies
Pateros School
District Superintendent
Eric Driessen
Brewster School
District Superintendent

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