BANKS FIRE DISTRICT 13, CALIFORNIA, wildfire

Banks Fire District heads to California to battle wildfires

Banks Fire District Brush Rig 13 and a crew of three prepare to head to California for a similar deployment in 2019. Photo: Banks Fire District

Brush Rig 13, two volunteers and one paid firefighter from Banks Fire District 13 have joined a number of Washington County crews along with crews from Clatsop, Linn, Lane, Marion and Yamhill counties to head to California to assist in fighting the state’s 24 major wildfires, which combined with other smaller fires have burned 3.9 million acres of land so far. 

According to Deanna Freidman, Executive Assistant with the Banks Fire District, the two volunteers are Alex Hallquist and Dylan Selleck, while paid employee Chris Lanter joined them on their southern trip.

“The Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System (OFMAS) typically mobilizes 15 task forces this time of year to California, given California . . .

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