PORTLAND, Ore. -- More than 60 Oregon firefighters who were sent to southern California earlier this month to battle the Thomas Fire are heading back home, just in time for Christmas.
The crews, part of the Oregon Department of Forestry districts and Coos and Douglas Forest Protective Associations, were battling the fire northwest of Los Angeles for almost two weeks.
About 300 other Oregon firefighters who were also battling the Thomas Fire were demobilized as well.
"We're proud of the job our firefighters did helping our neighbors to the south," said Oregon State Forester Peter Daugherty. "Other states, including California, were there when Oregon needed help over the past few years and we're glad we're able to reciprocate. Wildfire is a common threat across the Western states, and sharing resources when they can safely be spared is a key way to meet the challenge."