Emergency crews press on through storms in Malheur County

Snow piles up at the day use area by the ice-jammed river in Ontario.

By Pat Caldwell

and John L. Braese

The Enterprise

Snow-slicked roads, blizzard conditions and numbing cold challenge local emergency responders, but agency officials say their crews are pressing on to reach residents in need.

With the recent record snowfall, law enforcement and fire and ambulance services have been operating in high gear. In some cases, response time may be delayed by conditions, but the services are still reaching those who phone 911, officials say.

Terry Leighton, Ontario fire chief, said the weather has been “very challenging” for fire crews. He said his department switched to a chained-up, four-wheel-drive brush rig as its first response on emergency . . .