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LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- A task force of Lane County firefighters returned home Monday night after two weeks on the front lines of California's deadliest wildfire in decades.

Posted: Oct 25, 2017 6:16 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2017 6:16 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- A task force of Lane County firefighters returned home Monday night after two weeks on the front lines of California's deadliest wildfire in decades.

Task Force No. 2, organized by the Lane County Fire Defense Board, left Sonoma, Calif., Monday morning and returned to the Goshen-Pleasant Hill fire station around 9 p.m.

The crews said they worked 24 hours on, then 24 off, but sometimes their shifts were extended because of fire activity.

"People have lost their lives down there," Capt. Rick McPherson of the Coburg Fire Department said. "Their history, and things like that. They'll never be able to get that back. So it's a tough, tough situation."

The task force included members and equipment from Pleasant Hill-Goshen, Eugene Springfield, Mohawk Valley, Coburg, South Lane Fire and Rescue, McKenzie, and Dexter.

"Every house we came up to we had someone come up and talk to us," Battalion Chief Lance Lighty of Eugene Springfield Fire Department said. "They had lost everything and our guys were very compassionate to them."

Lighty said that during their time off, the task force was able to help the damaged communities by volunteering at the local salvation army.

 

 

 

 

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