Oregon firefighters on the front lines in California

Lance Lighty, a Captain for Lane Fire Authority, is leading a strike team that's been battling the Camp Fire since Saturday.

Posted: Nov 13, 2018 6:47 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2018 7:09 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- As the Camp Fire Continues to rage in northern California, an army of Oregon firefighters are doing what they can stop the blaze in its tracks.

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Lance Lighty, a Captain for Lane Fire Authority, is leading a strike team that's been battling the Camp Fire since Saturday. Ligthy said extremely dry conditions and high winds are making fighting the fires difficult. He said although temperatures are dropping into the low 30s at night, the fire is acting like it's burning in an 80 or 90-degree day.

"Our division had numerous spot fires that crossed our containment lines and our crews engaged with CAL Fire crews and other agencies to catch these spot fires if we could," Lighty said. "We are working in steep terrain in really rugged areas."

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Lighty said other Oregon firefighters have been going door to door in the town of Paradise searching for any victims. He said while it's likely he won't be home in time for Thanksgiving, he knows so many others don't even have a home to go back to.

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"It will be tough being away for the holiday, but we are here doing very important work getting this community back up on their feet," Lighty said. "And if you think about it, they are missing their Thanksgiving too, so we'll be here to help them through that."

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