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Social Media helps residents affected by Chetco Bar Fire

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Social media coming into play to help residents who have been evacuated because of the Chetco Bar Fire.

After seeing dozens of requests for help over the last week, Ryan Hanner, a Brookings resident started the "Chetco Bar Fire Help Page" on Facebook as a resource.

The page is for people who need extra hands to clear brush around their properties, evacuate animals, or looking for shelter.

The group started on Sunday and grew to more than 500 members.

Hanner said, "I believe even in the months after the fire, the group will be a great resource for the people who have lost their homes and have to rebuild and recoup and I think it will have a great impact on the community."

Hanners said people have stepped up to help from Gold Beach and Myrtle Point down to Crescent City.

If you live or have loved ones in the Brooking area, a very useful tool from Facebook that you may have seen is the safety check.

The page will take you to a Facebook page where you can inform friends and family that you're safe.

Facebook's safety check also allows you to find resources near the area or lend a helping hand.

Residents across the coast are offering shelter, food, and assistance with animals for those who have been evacuated.

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