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Firefighters from Lane County help battle deadly northern California wildfires

A Lane County team is now part of the fight against those deadly flames, Oct. 10, 2017. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregonians are on their way to help people devastated by the wildfires in northern California.

A Lane County team is now part of the fight against those deadly flames and Coburg Fire Chief Chad Minter says California has requested a total of 50 engines.

The State Department of Forestry and the Red Cross are also sending staff and volunteers to lend a hand.

“At the request of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the Governor of Oregon is requesting Lane County fire agencies to provide resources and respond to protect structures at the North Bay Conflagration near Santa Rosa, California,” Minter said in a news release late Tuesday night.

Lane County Strike Teams assembled at the Goshen Fire Station at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Lane County units were requested to respond to help with structure protection in California.

Lane County Strike Teams are made up of multiple agencies for response to large-scale emergencies within Lane County and throughout Oregon. Officials say the team stays in stand-by mode during fire season for fast response to any location the governor requests.

The responding units are as follows:

Strike Team 1

  • Task Force Leader = Lance Lighty
  • Engine = Eugene Fire
  • Engine = Eugene Fire
  • Engine = Coburg Fire
  • Engine = South Lane Fire
  • Engine = Lane Fire Authority

Strike Team 2

  • Task Force Leader = David Sherwood
  • Engine = Mckenzie Fire
  • Engine = Siuslaw Valley Fire
  • Engine = Coburg Fire
  • Engine = Pleasant Hill / Goshen Fire
  • Engine = Dexter Fire District

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