North Dakota Firefighters Head West to Battle Oregon Wildfires

Fargo, ND (KFGO/KEYZ) As wildfires continue to rip through the state of Oregon, some North Dakota firefighters are heading west.

A Battalion Chief and three members of the Fargo Fire Department will be on the ground helping crews battle wildfires in western Oregon for up to 18 days.

Fargo Fire Chief Steve Steve Dirksen tells our news partners at KFGO that Fargo responded to Oregon’s request for assistance through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), to which all 50 states belong, after hearing that North Dakota was signing on to help fill with resources.

“We took a look at the request and felt that we had the staffing and resources to help fill that request.”

The Williston and Grand Forks fire departments are also sending equipment and personnel to Oregon. More than one-million acres have burned in a week in the state, and at least 10 people have died.

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