Called out to California
Woodburn Fire District joined other districts around Oregon to help firefighters harried by the wildfires in California.
Last week Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal announced that it was using an emergency mobilization plan to deploy 15 strike teams to assist with the response to California wildfires. The action came by request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), the OSFM.
The mobilized strike teams consisted of nearly 300 personnel sent from the following counties: Klamath, Yamhill, Linn, Columbia, Clatsop, Benton, Multnomah, Marion, Washington, Clackamas, Lincoln, Jackson, Josephine, and Lane Counties.
"The Oregon Fire Service is ready to provide assistance to California," Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple said. "The Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System is robust and prepared to respond quickly when these formal requests are received."
Woodburn Fire Chief Joe Budge said local firefighters in the mix are part of a 5-engine Marion County strike team.
"The crew and the fire district are prepared for the deployment to extend for 14 days," Budge noted. "The deployments from the state of Oregon are being coordinated by…Mariana Ruiz-Temple, who is a long-time resident of Woodburn and a former student firefighter for the Woodburn Fire District."
That contingent departed on Sunday, Oct. 27. At about mid-week there were five noted wildfires in the state affecting nearly 80,000 acres, the largest of which was the Kincade Fire in Northern California that had burned more than 76,000 acres, according to CBS News.
California made the request through the EMAC, a national state-to-state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. The requests allow for the OSFM to mobilize resources through the OFMAS. The teams are comprised of Oregon's structural firefighting agencies, which provide structural firefighting and all-hazards assistance.
Oregon's structural firefighters mobilized by the OSFM were last sent to California to respond to the Camp Fire in Paradise in November 2018.
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