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Gov. Brown calls on National Guard for wildfire help

The Spruce Lake Fire on August 3, 2017. (InciWeb)

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has authorized about 125 Oregon National Guard members to be activated Monday to help with wildfires in the state, sent in a press release Saturday.

The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to assist first responders with the Spruce Creek and Blanket Creek fires near Crater Lake.

The statement says a combination of wildfires and preparation for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse requires "more boots on the ground." Gov. Brown says:

"As several quickly-burning fires spread throughout Oregon, and as state and local authorities prepare for the total solar eclipse, we need to be ready to put more boots on the ground,” Governor Brown said. “Oregon National Guard soldiers and equipment are being deployed to support the response to wildfires and will be ready to provide the necessary reinforcements to local communities.”

Brown has also requested that an Oregon Army National Guard medical evacuation helicopter unit support the Oregon Department of Forestry for wildfires in southwestern Oregon beginning Wednesday.

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