December 6, 2017 9:30 a.m.
A group of local firefighters are heading to southern California to help authorities there deal with a string of wildfires.
Fire Chief Gregg Timm of the Roseburg Fire Department says that due to the extreme wildfire situation in California, authorities there reached out to Oregon Tuesday night asking for assistance. Chief Timm says once the request was received the Oregon State Fire Marshal contacted local counties asking for help with resources.
The City of Roseburg Fire Department and Douglas County Fire District No.2 were each able to provide one fire engine with four firefighters. The City of Roseburg provided a supervisor to act as the strike team leader. Timm says that’s a total of nine personnel altogether. Timm says Douglas County was able to combine resources with Klamath County to make up one full strike team.
Rich Hoover, Public Information Officer for the Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal, says 10 strike teams from around the state are heading south. Departments in Lane, Multnomah, Washington, Linn, Marion, Clackamas, Yamhill, Polk, and Benton counties along with a team from the Rogue Valley area are all providing assistance as well.
Hoover says five additional strike teams have been ordered and will be enroute later on Wednesday.