Oregon firefighters mobilize to battle wildfires in California

by KATU News

Friday, November 9th 2018

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon State Fire Marshal and other local agencies are mobilizing crews to send to California to help battle a wildfire that has destroyed homes and taken lives.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal activated its Agency Operations Center and is in the process of mobilizing 15 strike teams with equipment and personnel to assist with the Camp Fire in Northern California.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal is sending structural task forces from the following counties: Rouge Valley, Klamath, Douglas, Lane, Marion, Linn, Benton, Lincoln, Polk, Washington, Multnomah, Clatsop, Columbia, Clackamas, and Yamhill.

“Once again, our neighbors in California are in need of support, and even though Oregon had a very long fire season, our Oregon Fire Service has stepped up humbly to help the state of California,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker.

As of Friday afternoon, Northern California fire officials said investigators found five people dead in vehicles that were engulfed by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California.

California made the request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

Clackamas Fire District also left their training center Friday afternoon to head to California.

The Multnomah County Strike Team, which is comprised of two Portland Fire engines, two Gresham Fire engines and one port of Portland engine, is also headed to Butte County Calif. to battle the Camp Fire. They’re prepared to stay for up to two weeks.