COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – The homes and structures that burned in a fire Wednesday evening near Dorena were not covered by any fire district.
Crews from South Lane Fire and Rescue responded because Dorena School was being threatened because they have an agreement with some schools in the area.
Division Chief Joe Raade said they also have a mutual aid agreement with Oregon Department of Forestry to help wildland crews whenever they need more support.
When asked if they will respond to fires outside of their district, Raade said they will respond if lives are in danger and that there may be a cost involved for homeowners.
Marcus Kauffman, an ODF spokesperson, said the initial 911 call came in at 3:58 p.m. and the first ODF crew arrived at 4:12 p.m.
"We have headquarters in Springfield but we also have various guard stations, so we have one in Dorena, we have one up in Holman, up the McKenzie and then we have one in Mohawk as well,” Kauffman said. “We do have regular patrols with our engines. So, we have engines and trained personnel in these areas and that gives us the ability to respond quickly."
Kauffman said people in certain areas do have to pay a fee for fire protection. The fee varies depending on how many acres need to be covered.