Lane County answers California's call for help, mobilizes 2 teams of firefighters

Two strike teams from Lane County team are now part of the fight against those deadly flames in California. (Courtesy photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon fire chiefs have activated 10 strike teams of structure firefighters to respond to California, including 2 from Lane County.

"Oregon fire agencies have stepped up to the plate to help our neighbors to the south," said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "California helped us with the fires in southern Oregon this year and I am proud that we can return the favor in their time of need."

California officials requested help from Oregon and Arizona on Tuesday night.

The state fire marshal sent out requests for assistance to all Oregon fire agencies.

Lane County mobilized two strike teams.

They assembled late Tuesday night and hit the road for California, en route to the North Bay Conflagration near Santa Rosa, California.

The strike teams include some of the same firefighters who responded to save the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge from the Eagle Creek Fire.

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

The other 8 strike teams from Oregon are from Washington County, Multnomah County, Linn/Benton counties, Marion County, Clatsop County, Jackson/Josephine counties, Yamhill County, and Klamath/Deschutes counties.

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