Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Friday announced that Oregon will be sending over 100 firefighters to battle the Glass Fire in northern California.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal said six task forces with equipment and staff will take part in the northern California firefighting efforts, ABC 10 reported. The task forces deployed to California at 6 a.m. on Friday.
More than 100 firefighters from 25 agencies across the state went to California to help out. They will be there for two weeks working to fight wildfires.
By Friday morning, the Glass Fire had grown to 60,158 acres. It was only 6% contained. The fire has destroyed at least 220 single-family homes. It threatens an estimated 28,835 additional structures.
The Oregon Department of Forestry has its own hands full dealing with wildfires. It is still following six major fires in the state. That’s down from 17, KPTV reported. The fires have torn through 100,000 acres there.
“The Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System (OFMAS) typically mobilizes 15 task forces this time of year to California, given California’s significant losses and continued threat,” State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple said, according to ABC 10. “Oregon will be sending six task forces to California. Our thoughts are with California as they continue to be impacted by these fires. Earlier this month, California sent resources to Oregon to an immediate need on the Almeda fire.”
This year was the worst year on record for Oregon as far as wildfires are concerned. The fires have burned a total of 543,382 acres so far, KPTV said. That surpasses 1933’s record of 340,000 acres burned.