District members help battle Western blazes

Wild fires flared up in the West in 2015 and the Walla Walla District respsonded by helping establish a fire camp at Mill Creek (right) and by deploying two members.
Jean DesJarlais, Hydropower Business Line manager, and Danielle Fichera, Structural Design Section chief, provided emergency power technical expertise to support requests from the State of Washington. DesJarlais and Fichera have previously served on emergency power-response team deployments at numerous locations across the Nation.
They deployed to Bothell, Washington, in response to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 10’s request for subject matter experts to support operational planning efforts to provide emergency power to wildfire-impacted areas throughout Washington State, according to Corps emergency management officials.
President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration that ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts in areas affected by wildfires, beginning on August 13 and continuing, in the counties of Asotin, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Klickitat, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Skamania, Spokane, Stevens, and Yakima and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, the Spokane Tribe of Indians, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.

Jean DesJarlais and Danielle Fichera (above) provided emergency power technical expertise to Washington state. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photos

Jean DesJarlais and Danielle Fichera (above) provided emergency power technical expertise to Washington state. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photos

Water from Mill Creek helped extinguish the Blue Creek fire.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photos

Water from Mill Creek helped extinguish the Blue Creek fire. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photos

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