Oregon strike teams sent to help with California fires


15 firefighting teams were deployed Sunday morning

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal announced it mobilized strike teams to help with the wildfires blazing in California on Sunday.

A total of 15 strike teams were deployed—271 people—from various counties around the state. The state of Oregon answered California’s call for assistance through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which is a state-to-state mutual aid system.

Firefighters from Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Marion, and 11 other counties left for California around 10 a.m. Sunday.

“The Oregon Fire Service is ready to provide assistance to California,” said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. “The Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System is robust and prepared to respond quickly when these formal requests are received.”

The strike teams were sent out to two different fires: six teams went out to the Burris Fire in Mendocino County, and the other nine teams were sent to respond to the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County.

As of Sunday, California fire officials said the wildfire that began Wednesday night is only 11% contained and has burned at least 40 square miles. Evacuation orders have been expanded to parts of Santa Rosa.

This marks the third year in a row that Oregon crews were mobilized to fight fires in the neighboring state. The last time Oregon’s firefighters were deployed to assist with a blaze in California was in November of 2018 when they responded to the Camp Fire in Paradise.

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