PORTLAND -- A former Smokey Bear and current member of the Oregon Department of Agriculture prevented a potential disastrous forest fire Thursday.
Alex Park spotted smoke while taking his lunch break in the Bull Run water district near Mt. Hood. After investigating, he found the beginning of a forest fire caused by an unattended campfire, Betsy Cole, Park's grandmother, told KGW.
Park was driving a truck with 100 gallons of water and controlling weeds in the Mt. Hood National Forest with a woman from the Bonneville Power Administration. They used the water to extinguish the fire before it got out of control.
Officials urge people to be extremely careful this time of year and to never leave a fire unattended.