A strike team from Central Oregon is heading to Southern California, where local firefighters will help in the efforts to battle wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres, and are threatening thousands of homes.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with some of the Bend firefighters before they left on a mission that will keep them from being home for the holidays.
City of Bend firefighters are back on the front line of the wildfires burning in California’s wine country.
A Bend Fire and Rescue engine and crew of 6 joined ten other Strike Teams from Oregon to head to California on Wednesday morning and worked a 24-hour shift before taking a day off, and they are back at it today. Here is one of the latest photos of their efforts, courtesy of the Bend Fire Department.
Some of the survivors in Santa Rosa and other areas that were devastated by the fast-moving flames, are telling authorities that they never received an alert on their cell phones or landlines before being forced to flee their homes just minutes ahead of the fires.
Authorities have acknowledged that some residents didn’t receive the alerts, and in Sonoma County, authorities chose not to send out a mass alert because only a portion of residents were affected.
Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed looks at the emergency alerts that went out when the fires began.
The wildfires that created the smoke in Central Oregon today is coming from Northern California where thousands of residents have evacuated their homes to escape more than dozen out-of-control wildfires.
Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton spoke with a Bend woman today who owns a business in the fire zone and just left wine country to return to Central Oregon.