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Task Force heads north to Eagle Creek Fire.

The 5th Lane County Task Force of the season heads off to help fight the Eagle Creek Fire.

LANE COUNTY, Ore. - The Lane County Task Force has kept busy over the past month, shipping out to areas throughout Oregon to help battle the numerous fires burning in the state.

One night after returning from the Chetco Bar Fire in Brookings, the task force will join the battle against the Eagle Creek Fire in Portland.

While hundreds of people have been evacuated due to the burn throughout the Cascade Locks which was believed to be started by fireworks, this group of firefighters heads towards the flames, tasked to protecting structures while also working to put out hot spots and help build fire lines.

"That's what we do as firefighters - protect lives and property," said Captain Anthony Bucher of Eugene/Springfield Fire. "So it's an easy request to answer."

The priority right now is to protect the hundreds of homes lying the in the fire's path.

"Removing needles out of their gutters, moving trees and shrubs away, clearing around the bottom, taking an assessment of the structure itself to see how well it's holding up," said Captain Bucher.

As of Friday, four homes have already been destroyed.

Fire Chief Terry Ney says much of the battle is a balance between helping out the state and keeping enough resources in Lane County.

"We're just rotating these crews as fast as we can," say Ney. "After we had sent out two task forces three days a part, I did decline a couple times to send out a third."

After a crazy wildfire season throughout the western United States, it is no surprise that this is the fifth task force to be deployed out of Lane County this summer, and the 56th in the state.

"Our task force has been involved in every aspect of firefighting this season," said Bucher. "Mother nature always wreaks havoc with our best plans."


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