Task forces of firefighters sent to Klamath County in ‘proactive movement’ ahead of fires
SALEM, Oregon – Two Northwest Oregon fire crews will be stationed in Klamath County over the weekend as a precautionary measure as the area is under a red flag warning with the possibility of thunderstorms , the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office said on Friday.
The two working groups are from the counties of Clatsop and Clackamas. They will initially be deployed to Klamath County for 72 hours, with the option of an extended stay if needed.
“This is a proactive step to ensure the region is better prepared and reinforces any initial fire attack,” the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a statement. “These firefighters are not assigned to a specific incident but will be an additional resource and will increase the state’s preparedness in the event of a fire.”
The Oregon legislature has allocated additional funds to the OSFM to pre-position resources in the state ahead of potentially dangerous fire conditions, one of many ways the agency has said it is was trying to be “ready to respond” to forest fires.
“The OSFM encourages all residents of Oregon to be aware of dry conditions and to take the necessary precautions to avoid starting a fire,” the agency said.