VIDEO: Eighty Utah firefighters are helping with wildfire suppression efforts in Oregon.
Utah Team 1 is assisting with recovery by providing wide area search and structure protection. An estimated 40,000 people in Oregon have evacuated and a total of 500,000 are in an evacuation zone because of wildfires raging in the state, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management said Thursday.
Some of Utah crews that were in California for more than two weeks are now en route to Oregon to help protect the property of those evacuated as the blazes have exhausted Oregon’s resources.
“Our Oregon firefighters and the emergency management community have been fully engaged on these devastating fires, including the many first responders who have been personally affected by the evacuations, power outages and destruction.