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Fire crews who continue to battle the Pole Creek Fire near Ssiters are getting some support from the local community: cookies and therapy dogs.
 
Fire Information officer Ada Takacs says tackling a wildfire is often very tough work and the crews enjoy the extra support from the locals.
 
i think at last count it was about 3000 cookies that the local community has baked - and the firefighters have really enjoyed them - and therapy dogs- they walk down the chow  lines and the firefighters have been enjoying them as well - they've been taking pictures with them and petting them and things like that- so that's been kind of neat all the community support we've been getting."
 
 "the dogs generally go into hospitals or nursing homes - the handlers bring them into camp each night - a lot of them said this was the first time they'd been at an incident like a fire - the most we had was six -- and every breed you can imagine.  and they walk them around camp and then when firefighters come in off the line the ff have been taking pictures with the dogs and send them to their families -  things like that- so i think its really raising the spirits of the fire fighters."
 
At the height of the fire about 1200 crews were on the lines  recently several hundred  fire fighters were been released to go to higher priority fires.  The Pole Creek fire broke out on September 9th and the cause is still under investigation. 
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