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Local firefighters assist Eagle Creek Fire in Portland-metro area

Firefighters from five different local agencies went to assist the Eagle Creek Fire efforts. (Courtesy: Jackson County Fire District 3)

Medford, Ore. - The Eagle Creek Fire has become one of the top priority fires in the country, which means even local firefighters are going to help the community affected near Portland.

Medford Fire Rescue, Ashland Fire Rescue, Illinois Valley Fire District, Jackson County Fire District 3 and Jackson County Fire District 5 all sent personnel to the Eagle Creek Fire. Fighting a wildland fire is a change of pace for Medford firefighters because they're used to putting out structure fires instead of preparing fire defense for structures.

"We're not going [to the Eagle Creek Fire] to fight a structure fire, although we will engage," Battalion Chief Rick Rohrbough said. "Normally, we are prepping structures, putting up sprinklers on roofs, clearing out rain gutters, cutting limbs, restacking wood from house to house to house."

Local crews have been up helping with the Eagle Creek Fire all week. Rohrbough says that leaves local crews stretched very thin with dedicating resources to a wildfire.

Crews have also helped fight the Chetco Bar Fire late last month.

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