SALEM, OR -- Members of the state's strike teams that have been helping battle the California wildfires will be home in time for Christmas, including local crews. "All 15 state Fire Marshal strike teams that have been assisting with the fires in California have begun the demobilization process," says Rich Hoover, with the Fire Marshal's Office. They were deployed earlier this month, "75 apparatuses that we have down there, with about approximately 300 people."
They've assisted on several fires. But, in the last week, they helped get 50% containment on the massive Thomas Fire. Hoover says, "There’s been a number of other states that have supplied firefighter resources in addition to Oregon, so we’re in a pretty confident position that they no longer need our services."
Most of the Oregon firefighters should be home Wednesday.