Lincoln County Firefighters execute midnight launch to help knock down fire conflagration near Williams
Lincoln County Firefighters Deployed to Southern Oregon Wildfire
Photo of Lincoln County Strike Team 3 attach to e-mail
Late Friday afternoon July 19th Lincoln County fire crews where activated to what became known as the Pacifica Conflagration Fire 20 minutes south of Grants Pass, Oregon.
Fire apparatus from North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, Newport Fire Department, Toledo Fire & Rescue, Central Coast Fire, personnel from Yachats, with the addition of Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue (Linn County) crew and engine gathered in Toledo to depart at midnight to convoy for the five hour drive to the area near Williams, Oregon for a fire that had already claimed one home, six outbuildings, scorched 500 acres and cost an estimated 1.5 million.
“Normally Lincoln County sends a Task Force comprised of four Type 1 or 2 Engines and one water tender,” stated Strike Team Leader, Andrew Parker from Newport. “We were requested to send a Strike Team of five Type 1 Engines”.
Three other counties were called for strike teams as well; they were Linn, Lane and Marion. Lincoln County was assigned as Strike Team 3 from the State Fire Marshalls Office for a primary role of structural protection. One structure in the area had burned the day before and two had fire within a foot of the buildings but were able to be saved.
As soon as crews arrived Saturday morning they where put to work to chase hot spots in extremely dry conditions. By late Saturday temperatures rose and winds began to gust creating a flare up on the boarder of the fire that threaten a home. Lincoln County crews battled that fire and Hot Shot crews worked until Sunday morning falling trees and extinguishing any further hot spots.
The Pacifica fire had resources from ODF, local fire departments, OSFM, County Strike Teams and private contractors. Crews were hampered by temperatures into the low 100s, humidity as low as 14% and winds exceeding 25 mph.
“Overall the Lincoln county team performed extremely well, a total of 22 personal responded some for the first time and some that have over 20 years wildland experience” stated Parker. “Our team was able to complete their tasks without incident or injury and gain experience for the new firefighters. Firefighters were also able to complete requirements for task book sign off that allowed them to move up in position levels, mainly Larry Robeson who is now completed with his Task Force Leader qualifications”.
For further information contact:
Captain Jim Kusz / PIO
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District #1