GOSHEN, Ore. – A task force of firefighters from Lane County left Goshen early Wednesday morning to assist with the Jack Fire in Douglas County.
According to task force leader Dale Borland, 15 people from numerous fire departments are part of the deployment. Borland said fire crews aren’t sure of their exact responsibilities yet, but typically they work to provide structure protection and fire mitigation or strengthen containment lines.
The task force is prepared to stay for a week, but it could be longer or shorter. The personnel being sent are from departments like McKenzie Fire, Junction City, Lane Fire Authority, Mohawk Valley and Eugene-Springfield Fire. Borland said these types of deployments are becoming more common. The state is even starting to preposition task forces near areas they think fires might start.
"It is extremely dangerous conditions out there right now,” Borland said. “And very early in the season. In the first week of July, we’re already seeing significant fires around the state.”
Borland said task forces from Benton and Lincoln County were sent Tuesday night. A task force from Linn County also left Wednesday morning.
By Wednesday morning, the Jack Fire had grown to nearly 2,400 acres and is 0% contained.