SEVERE WX : High Wind Warning View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Lane County Strike Team returns from California

The team spent about eight days in Paradise, California, cleaning up after the Camp Fire tore through the town.

Posted: Nov 19, 2018 10:53 PM
Updated: Nov 20, 2018 10:20 AM

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- After over a week in Paradise, California, the Lane County Strike Team has made the seven hour trip back home.

The men are tired and worn out from their journey to California, but they said they're glad they were able to do what they could down in Paradise.

RELATED: OREGON FIREFIGHTERS ON THE FRONT LINES IN CALIFORNIA

"To see it up close, it ... it sets you back," said McKenzie Fire & Rescue Chief Darren Bucich.

Bucich said after seeing the destruction caused by the Camp Fire, he hopes no one ever has to go through that again.

"You know, they say it's one of the worst ever, and I hope it is the worst ever in that we don't ever have to see that again, really," Bucich said.

Despite the devastation that ripped through the town of Paradise, Bucich said the town is already showing promise of moving forward.

"They're trying to focus on getting the town -- what's left of it -- back open again," Bucich said. "So, power companies are working day and night. All new power lines, power poles. It's like building a whole new city again. There are some houses that are still standing. They're trying to get those people back in their houses."

Bucich said it's promising to see the town of Paradise already working to get back onto its' feet, but he admits they still have a long way to go.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 156037

Reported Deaths: 2225
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah31920532
Washington21287212
Marion18513285
Clackamas13410176
Lane10311128
Jackson8448113
Umatilla767182
Deschutes596260
Yamhill378965
Linn359757
Malheur335158
Polk306942
Klamath279655
Douglas250555
Josephine236152
Benton234816
Jefferson196228
Coos150020
Union128519
Columbia127121
Wasco122126
Lincoln113620
Hood River106929
Morrow105014
Crook77618
Clatsop7756
Baker6619
Curry4296
Tillamook4172
Lake3786
Harney2756
Grant2231
Wallowa1424
Gilliam541
Sherman530
Wheeler221
Unassigned00
Eugene
Partly Cloudy
55° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 55°
Corvallis
Partly Cloudy
54° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 54°
Roseburg
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 61°
North Bend
Partly Cloudy
48° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 45°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events