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Banks Fire District 13 volunteers join almost 300 Oregon firefighters to fight California wildfires

Left to right: Timber resident lieutenant Scott Arlin, Buxton resident Engineer Julie Kemper, and Banks resident Duty Officer Chris Lanter. Photo: Banks Fire District 13

CALIFORNIA - As more than 200,000 people flee the path of wildfires in Northern California, 15 crews from Oregon, including staff and equipment from Banks Fire District, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue headed towards the flames to aid Californian firefighters over the weekend, arriving in California on Sunday. 

Today, their work begins.

According to the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM), the Oregon contingent of firefighters was split into two groups, with six strike teams headed by Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple assigned to the Burris Fire, a 250-acre fire in Mendocino County. 

Nine more teams, led by Assistant Chief Les . . .

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