Oregon firefighters head to aid in S. California fires

Five engines from Jackson and Josephine counties started their travels south to assist with fires in the Southern California. Their initial assignment is to report to fire camp in Chino. (Jackson County Fire District 3)

Ten strike teams from Oregon are en-route to assist with the latest wildfires in California. One of those teams is made up of Southern Oregon firefighters from Medford, Applegate Valley, Rogue River, Illinois Valley and Jackson County Fire District three.

"Oregon fire agencies have again answered the call and we are honored to assist our neighbors for the second time this year, said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "California helped us with the fires in southern Oregon this year, we assisted them in October and I am proud that we can again assist them in their time of need."

California had made the request Monday evening through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (a national state-to-state mutual aid system)

The 10 strike teams enroute are from the following counties: Lane, Multnomah, Washington, Linn, Marion, Clackamas, Klamath, Yamhill, a combined team from Polk, Linn, and Benton counties, and a team from the Rogue Valley area.

Five additional strike teams will leave later today.

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