Many Are Working Hard To Put Out Fire

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

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Helicopters and the crews operating them have been working very hard to put out the fire that is burning on Promontory Point.

Every three minutes, a helicopter comes in and drops a bucket in what they call a pumpkin (the inflatable tank holding the water). It was set up near Mountain Meadows Camp so the choppers could get in and out quickly. One would come in and fill its bucket with 50 gallons of water and then head to Promontory Mountain to dump it. When the pumpkin wasn't filled with water, Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department personnel were trying their best to fill the buckets from the tanker hoses.

Electra VanEckhoutte said Sam Saey, Scotty VanEckhoutte and she were not able to keep up with the helicopters as they returned every three minutes. They were glad to see the pumpkin full so they did not have to go back to filling the buckets by hose.

Around 100 people, including Forest Service personnel, Hot Shots and other fire personnel are working very hard to put this fire out. It is burning in some very rugged terrain with a lot of vegetation.

The residents of Christopher Creek would like to thank all the firefighters working on the fire.

Christmas preparations

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to get ready for Christmas.

Residents of Christopher Creek gathered Saturday to hang holiday decorations. The wind was so bad it put a damper on things. Judy Toole, Karen Thorton, Sam and Karen Saey along with the Alvin family -- Mark and Laura, Maggie and Morgan -- Ken Lamkin, Chief Ray Larsen and his wife, Margie, Dave and Jackie Ezzel and my daughter Frankie Jo showed up to fight the winds and hang lights.

Early in the morning, Chuck Schmitt and Gary Anderson got a head start by hanging all the displays. Luckily, they did not have the strong winds.

Lights should be on this weekend if all goes well. Thanks to everyone who helped out.

Cookie Lee Jewelry Party

Shelly Hansen is having a Cookie Lee Jewelry Party at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at Creekside. Everyone is welcome to attend and buy something for the holidays.

The Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department and Fire Belles Christmas party and potluck are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the fire station in Christopher Creek. Please bring along your favorite dish and a $10 gift for each person you bring. Expect surprises with the gift exchange.

To better organize the potluck, the committee would appreciate a telephone call to let them know what dish you plan to bring. Call Vicki Grootegoed at (928) 478-4654.

The Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church will have its Christmas potluck at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at the chapel. Everyone is welcome to attend. Bring along your favorite potluck dish and enjoy a fun evening with good food, friends, Christmas carols and games.

The children's Christmas party is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. All community children and grandchildren, ages 12 and under, are encouraged to attend. Children should bring along two canned goods or nonperishable food items. The youngsters will decorate and fill food boxes for local families. Santa will visit the party at 2 p.m. There will be a holiday stocking for each child.

Telephone Karen Thorton, (928) 478-4133, or Judy Toole, (928) 478-0508, with the names and ages of the children participating.

Later that evening get ready for some fun Christmas caroling with the Rim Valley Church of God youth group as they make their way around Christopher Creek. Meet at the fire station at 6 p.m. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served at the fire station after caroling.

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