How the fires have impacted students’ lives


A helicopter rests at the helibase established off Days Creek Road. The helicopters dropping water and fire retardant onto nearby forest fires took off over Days Creek Charter School.

By Bailey Stufflebeam

In the middle of August a huge thunderstorm swept through Douglas County, setting hundreds of spot fires, most of which .

Today these fires still burn creating smoke as thick as fog. Hayden Harris, a Junior at Days Creek Charter school said, “ It sucks not being able to practice because of the smoke,” Which is true. Hayden Harris plays cross country and would have played football, but due to a back injury couldn’t this year. 

The football team and cross country team has had to cancel practices and even games due to the air quality from the smoke.

Riley Crume, a sophomore at Days Creek charter school and has lived in Tiller her whole life said, “Everyday it’s smoky at my house. The fires have given us a scare every once and awhile especially when we we’re on a level 2 evacuation and the road was closed down.” Milo and Tiller have been really busy the past couple months with firefighters and crews being Ubiquitous.

On September 18th-19th the fires tamed down from the rain but the fire crews still had to keep a close eye on them.

The past couple of days the smoke and fires have died down due to the rain and the cold fall mornings but are still burning today.