Firefighters are heading to a pause area after battling the 2020 Worthington blaze east of Eagle Point in this file photo. Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune
Firefighters will focus on the initial attack as the danger grows
Two Northwest Oregon fire crews are bolstering the ranks of southern Oregon firefighters during what could be a dangerous July 4th weekend.
The teams will focus on the initial attack, the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office said.
This is the critical early stage where firefighters attack in hopes of preventing small fires from turning into out of control fires.
The state fire marshal’s office has deployed a task force of Clatsop County firefighters and a second task force from Clackamas to assist in southern Oregon.
The two teams were to position themselves in Klamath County from Friday on a mission that will last at least three days, the fire marshal’s office said.
“Being stationed in Klamath County dramatically reduces their response time if they are needed during the initial attack in southern Oregon,” said Alison Green, director of public affairs for the Office of the Fire Marshal. the state.
Teams can respond to Jackson County if necessary, she said.
Together, the two teams consist of 26 people and are equipped with eight engines, two water refuellers and two command vehicles, Green said.
If a fire in southern Oregon escapes initial attack efforts and turns into a larger incident, firefighters in northern Oregon could be assigned to that blaze, Green said.
Southern Oregon is in the midst of a multi-year drought and saw high temperature records broken or matched in several cities in June. The area remains under a heat advisory.
The National Weather Service is predicting a high of 103 degrees for Medford on Saturday with winds of 5 to 8 mph.
Temperatures could reach 99 with winds of 5 to 7 mph on Sunday July 4.
Temperatures will remain at their 90s high on Monday and Tuesday, then drop to 92 Wednesday and rise to 96 Thursday, according to the forecast.
For Klamath Falls, the National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 101 degrees on Saturday with winds of 5 to 9 mph.
Temperatures could reach 98 on Sunday, with winds of 5 to 10 mph.
Warm, sunny weather is expected on Monday, with a high of nearly 97 degrees. Temperatures will stay in the 90s at least until Thursday, predicts the National Weather Service.
Abnormally hot weather in September 2020 and winds of 45 mph helped fuel Oregon’s most destructive fire season last year.
The hardest hit area was Jackson County, where 2,500 homes were destroyed by the Almeda and South Obenchain fires.
The fires destroyed 4,000 homes statewide.