From Newport Fire Chief Rob Murphy
I wanted to give you an update on our crews down in California. I talked with the Strike Team Leader, Andy Parker. He said crews were doing well. They worked a 24 hour shift, getting off this morning. They will rest for 24 hours and go back out on the fire line.
The crews have been busy protecting structures, digging hand line and assessing damage in the town of Paradise. They reported that between 80-90% of Paradise had been burned. He described the landscape as “surreal”. Our strike team is made up of personnel and equipment from Yachats RFPD, Central OR Coast Fire Rescue District, Newport FD, Depoe Bay Fire Dist., North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Toledo Fire Dept., Polk County Fire District, and Dallas/SW Polk Fire. It is truly a team effort we are putting forth to help the people of California.
Currently, the “Camp Fire” is 130,000 acres and 35% contained. Approximately 6500 structures have been lost and the death toll is up to 48. There are still over 15,000 structures threatened. There are over 5000 firefighters assigned to this fire. Oregon has sent 15 strike teams totaling 280 firefighters and over 45 engines. Please keep our crews, and the folks of Butte County in your thoughts and prayers.
Newport Fire Chief Rob Murphy
Lincoln County Fire Defense Board Chief