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County strike teams battle wildfire

Gearhart, Seaside among those fighting wildfire

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Published on November 9, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on November 11, 2018 7:26AM

Clatsop County firefighters headed to Chico, California, to fight the rapidly spreading Camp Fire.

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Clatsop County firefighters headed to Chico, California, to fight the rapidly spreading Camp Fire.


Seaside and Gearhart firefighters joined a Columbia County strike team and left the area Friday morning to fight the fast-moving Camp Fire near Chico, California.

The blaze has destroyed over 1,000 structures and more than 70,000 acres.

On Friday afternoon, a strike team of all Clatsop County brush trucks — including apparatus from Seaside, Gearhart, Lewis and Clark, Knappa and Olney — departed from Seaside.

The fire started early Thursday morning, near the northern California city of Paradise. After a request from California officials and Oregon Emergency Management, county strike teams headed south as part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a national state-to-state mutual aid system.

Seaside sent four firefighters along with two apparatus to assist with the 15 strike teams activated. Personnel could be deployed for up to 14 days.

Gearhart sent seven fighters and two pieces of equipment to help fight the fires.



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