March 19 2019
The state of California has issued a multi-state request for firefighting resources to assist with firefighting efforts throughout the northern part of California. Oregon will be answering their request by sending resources from throughout the state. Multnomah County is sending a strike team of type-one engines to assist at the North Bay Fire. The five engines for the strike team will consist of one Gresham Fire engine, one Port of Portland (Airport) Fire engine, three Portland Fire engines, and a Chief Officer. The team has assembled, collected the wildfire deployment equipment that had been stowed for the season, just days ago, and are headed south to meet up with other resources from our state.
While this request for inter-state mutual aid from California is nearly unprecedented, and comes very late in the season for Oregon firefighters, Multnomah County is fortunate to have the resources available. Just a few weeks ago many of these same engines and firefighters were still battling the Eagle Creek Fire in the historic Columbia River Gorge.
Updates and photos from the Multnomah County strike team will be provided as they become available.
For more information on statewide resources being sent please contact the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office PIO at 503-370-0033 (media pager)