CASPER, Wyo. — Fire agencies in Wyoming, Kansas and South Dakota are coordinating to help fight numerous wildfires in Oregon, the Wyoming State Forestry Division said on Tuesday.
“Strike Teams” were dispatched on Sept. 12 and include:
- 7 wildland fire engines
- 3 support vehicles
- 27 firefighters
The engines were contributed by:
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- State of Kansas
- State of South Dakota
- State of Wyoming
- Jackson Hole Fire and EMS
- Fremont County
- Campbell County
- Rock Springs City Fire Department
“The Strike Team Leaders were provided by Sublette County Unified Fire and WSFD,” the Wyoming State Forestry Division said. “This force was assembled utilizing the Great Plains Interstate Compact which allows for rapid deployment of State and County resources.”
“The Strike Team will be on assignment for approximately 18 days to help Oregon fight its numerous fires across the State.”
The Strike Teams’ initial assignment is to help on the Echo Mountain Fire in western Oregon, according to the release. Resources have been stretched thin as Oregon and California deal with multiple intense blazes, according to the Associated Press.
“No single State or agency has all the resources needed to deal with fires of this magnitude,” said Wyoming State Forester Bill Crapser. “Wyoming has received lots of resources over the years from other States, and are glad that we are able to send support to them when needed.”