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Oregon strike teams to return home after assisting with Thomas Fire

All 15 Oregon strike teams who assisted in the California wildfires are on their way back home.

Posted: Dec 19, 2017 12:16 PM
Updated: Dec 19, 2017 5:45 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County Strike teams who helped battle the California wildfires are on their way home, just in time for Christmas.

Fifteen Oregon strike teams were sent down to southern California and have been assisting for about two weeks.

"We are extremely pleased with the performance of our strike teams," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "Our teams have played an important role in helping our neighbors to the south and all of Oregon can be proud of the professionalism and effectiveness of our resources while dealing with these difficult fires."

All 15 strike teams will start demobilizing Tuesday. Due to the length of the drive and the forecasted weather systems, they will make it back to their districts on Wednesday.

The Thomas Fire is about 50 percent contained.

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