Extra Help Coming In To Battle Oregon Blazes

By Jim McCoy Fri 18th July Newsfires
Fire crews are coming in from out of state to help battle fires that have stretched resources thin in Oregon. Fifteen large fires were reported around the state Friday, burning across 565 square miles of timber, rangeland and grass. Dozens of homes were evacuated. Spokeswoman Carol Connolly at the federal fire center in Portland says the region is now the top firefighting priority in the nation. She says crews and management teams have been dispatched from around the country, bringing the total of firefighting personnel in Oregon to more than 5,000. The Oregon National Guard has deployed four heavy helicopters to help meet the demand for air resources. The bulk of the fires were touched off by lightning storms moving through the drought-parched region last weekend.

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