LEABURG, Ore. — After days on the fire lines crews from the Eugene and Springfield area are returning home.
Firefighters say the Two Bulls Fire caught them off guard and it came early for wildfire season.
But that doesn’t mean they weren’t prepared.
Six rigs from Eugene-Springfield Fire, South Lane County Fire and Rescue, Coburg and Mohawk Valley Fire, met at the Leaburg Station for a debriefing Tuesday afternoon, before they returned to their respective stations.
They left for Bend Saturday morning, assigned to structure protection, making sure homes were safe and residents were prepared.
Crews say even though a number of different agencies are out on the front lines, they feel a sense of camaraderie.
“Everybody knows their job and you expect that when you get out there and it makes it real easy to get things done,” said Eugene-Springfield firefighter and paramedic, Ryn Patterson.
“The fire service is one giant family. It’s a great feeling to know that we were able to make a difference down there,” said South Lane Fire Lt., Tressa Miller.
Crews said they worked in rotating shifts so there was always someone on the front lines.
Fire crews say they realize this likely won’t be the only wildfire this season, so it’s important to be prepared.
They say clear your homes of things that will burn, like stacking firewood against your house.