CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. -- It was just last week that authorities announced the Eagle Creek Fire 100 percent contained.

For residents here, it's still very much a part of their everyday lives. And now they're watching what's going on in Southern California with a new perspective.

"They're losing homes and everything. It's crazy," says Bobby Young, manager of the Columbia Market.

Life in the market surrounding cascade locks Appears to be largely back to normal. at least on the surface.

But it was just a few months ago that people here watched flames from the eagle creek cire encroach on loved ones' homes, businesses, not to mention the natural beauty of the gorge.

Though now in recovery mode, they know all too well what people in Southern California are going through.

"In the past you'd see fires in California, and I was born and raised down there," says market manager Young. "And it kind of hits me a little, but then again it's so far away. But after it happened to us here and seeing it down there, it really changes your thought process."

It changes resources too.

This week Portland firefighters traveled to California to help crews there. Officials with the U.S. Forest Service say federal agencies like theirs communicate and trade perspective year-round.

When there's a need like that in California right now, that kicks into overdrive.

"there's a whole system at a national level," says Lnn Burdette of the the U.S. Forest Service. "We have things called geographic 'gacs' where we go online to figure out what resources will go. After all those processes there's always an after action review, saying what can we learn and how can we adapt."

Adapting Burdette calls -- our new normal -- when it comes to wildfire risk.