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ODF takes command of Milepost 97 Fire, sends first team of the year

In the first deployment of the year, the Oregon Department of Forestry team arrived to the Milepost 97 Fire on Friday.

Posted: Jul 31, 2019 11:14 AM

CANYONVILLE, Ore. -- In the first deployment of the year, the Oregon Department of Forestry team arrived to the Milepost 97 Fire on Friday.

ODF sent 33 people to help fight the fire and assumed command at 6 p.m.

RELATED: Milepost 97 Fire grows to 6,000 acres

Officials told KEZI 9 News that because the fire doubled in size overnight, it's more complex, and they need additional resources to help get it under control.

ODF spokesman Marcus Kauffman said the type one incident management team is made up of people with the highest level of qualifications.

He said this fire goes beyond what the Douglas Forest Protective Association can handle on its own.

“Operations which is kind of the heart of it -- logistics, information, resource, planning, communications -- it has everything that you need to fight the fire, everything you need to set up a small city to support the people, to support the firefighters and to keep everyone informed as that fire fight moves forward,” Kauffman said.

He said two Springfield firefighters are already there helping fight the fire.

They do not know how long they will be in Canyonville fighting the fire, but they are ready to work for at least two weeks.

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