LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Fifteen strike teams comprised of members of the Oregon fire service arrived in California on Sunday and have been assigned to assist with separate wildfire incidents threatening structures and property.
Following a late afternoon briefing with California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection officials in Redding, California, Oregon’s strike teams are being deployed to two separate incidents.
One group, comprised of six strike teams, headed by Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple, of the Office of State Fire Marshal, is being sent to the Burris Fire, a 250-acre fire in Mendocino County.
The second group, comprised of nine teams, headed by Assistant Chief Les Hallman of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, has been assigned to respond to the larger Kincaid Fire in Sonoma County.
The mobilized strike teams, comprising 271 personnel total, have been sent from the following counties: Klamath, Douglas, Yamhill, Linn, Columbia, Clatsop, Benton, Multnomah, Marion, Washington, Clackamas, Lincoln, Jackson, Josephine, and Lane Counties.
All teams from Oregon should be arriving at their staging areas around midnight tonight.
The OSFM mobilized the teams following a request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact from California.
The request allows for the OSFM to mobilize resources through the Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System. The teams are comprised of Oregon’s structural firefighting agencies, which provide structural firefighting and all-hazards assistance.
The current deployment marks the third year in a row that the OSFM has mobilized strike teams through the OFMAS and deployed them to support firefighting efforts in California, following requests made through the EMAC.