OR firefighters staged in CA as flames spread, residents flee

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Firefighters said the battle has been tough

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Fifteen strike teams have headed out to assist our neighbors in California as they fight the growing wildfires across the state.

Fire departments from Tualatin, Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties are just a few of the local crews sent down. Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Les Hallman will lead the team while they attempt to tackle the flames.

The Kincade fire is one of the largest across the state of California. It is currently pushing on the outskirts of Windsor, which is about 15 minutes north of Santa Rosa. The fire is only 5% contained.

At least 200,000 people have been forced out of their homes in Northern California as a result of the wildfires. Residents in Napa County have been told they might need to evacuate, as well.

Over Sunday night, a new brush fire, dubbed the Getty Fire, began burning near the Getty Center in Los Angeles. The flames are spreading fast with the help of heavy winds.

The mandatory evacuation zone is expanded to the 405 Freeway, Sunset Boulevard, and Mandeville Canyon.

Firefighters said the battle has been tough.

“To say conditions are a tinderbox right now is probably an understatement,” said California firefighter Jonathan Cox.

Two firefighters have been hurt so far, one of which had to be airlifted to the hospital.

Officials say strong winds are fueling the fires across the state. Those winds even claimed the life of one man near Santa Cruz when a tree fell on him after being blown down by the extreme winds. Gusts have reached past 102 mph.

Oregon fire crews head down to California to assist in fighting wildfires. (TVF&R)

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in response to the wildfires.

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