Senator's home survives close call with wildfire
An Oregon state senator and his wife were among a number of residents whose homes survived a close call with an out-of-control fire near Stayton Wednesday evening.
State Sen. Fred Girod, R-Stayton, left the Capitol early after learning that a fire that started in the North Santiam State Recreation Area had spread to about a half-mile from his home, he told Senate colleagues on the floor the next morning.
"If the wind would have been blowing west, Lori and I would have had some serious problems," Girod said. "It was blowing east, and the firefighters were able to control it from my house."
Girod thanked firefighters for their efforts to save his house and the homes of his neighbors.
The Santiam Park Fire had burned about 189 acres southeast of Salem by Wednesday evening, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. All evacuation orders were eventually lifted as firefighters brought the fire under control.