More help on the way for Brookings: Oregon mobilizes National Guard for Chetco Bar Fire
SALEM, Ore. - Another 125 Oregon National Guard citizen-soldiers have mobilized to help fight wildfires in Oregon.
The troops will undergo 4 long days of training instead of the usually 5 8-hour days in order to join the fire lines on the Chetco Bar Fire sooner, the Oregon Department of Forestry said.
The training is require of all public and private wildland firefighters.
This new deployment comes in addition to the 100 citizen-soldiers activated earlier this month to help fight fires near Crater Lake, the State of Oregon said.
Oregon Army National Guard helicopters are already engaged in the fight, having dropped near 700,000 gallons on the Chetco Bar Fire.
"Our local and state responders, as well as nearby community members, are facing a very challenging fire in the Brookings area," Governor Kate Brown said. "These additional resources are needed to prevent further harm. I thank these service members and their families for their sacrifice."
The Chetco Bar Fire has burned an area almost 3 times the size of the cities of Eugene and Springfield combined. Nearly 1,400 firefighters are already on scene.
At least 7 structures have been lost to the flames, and residents remain subject to evacuation notices.