Lane County Strike Team returns from California

The team spent about eight days in Paradise, California, cleaning up after the Camp Fire tore through the town.

Posted: Nov 19, 2018 10:53 PM
Updated: Nov 20, 2018 10:20 AM

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- After over a week in Paradise, California, the Lane County Strike Team has made the seven hour trip back home.

The men are tired and worn out from their journey to California, but they said they're glad they were able to do what they could down in Paradise.


"To see it up close, it ... it sets you back," said McKenzie Fire & Rescue Chief Darren Bucich.

Bucich said after seeing the destruction caused by the Camp Fire, he hopes no one ever has to go through that again.

"You know, they say it's one of the worst ever, and I hope it is the worst ever in that we don't ever have to see that again, really," Bucich said.

Despite the devastation that ripped through the town of Paradise, Bucich said the town is already showing promise of moving forward.

"They're trying to focus on getting the town -- what's left of it -- back open again," Bucich said. "So, power companies are working day and night. All new power lines, power poles. It's like building a whole new city again. There are some houses that are still standing. They're trying to get those people back in their houses."

Bucich said it's promising to see the town of Paradise already working to get back onto its' feet, but he admits they still have a long way to go.

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