A big thank you to firefighters, organizers and support people — both local and government — who came together to battle the Soda Fire in Owyhee County. We’re especially grateful to those who labored diligently, notably through one particularly scary night for us, to protect Givens Hot Springs and surrounding homes and outbuildings from the fast-advancing fire.
Our sympathies are with those who have lost grazing growth, livestock and some structures in our area. It has been gratifying, however, to see the community rally in support with offers of help to their neighbors, including care and pasture for displaced animals. This same effort was reflected in the financial success of the annual, regularly scheduled Murphy-Reynolds-Wilson (Volunteer) Fire District fundraiser, held on Aug. 22. These proceeds restored much-needed emergency funds depleted in fighting the fire, which support the volunteer efforts of the selfless people in our community who watch over our emergency needs.
Our hearts especially go out to those in other areas of the West who are losing, or have lost, homes and even loved ones — as in the case of three firefighters tragically killed by the fires. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Nadine and Steve Givens, Givens Hot Springs