National Guard headed to Horse Prairie Fire near Riddle, Chetco Bar Fire near Brookings

Oregon National Guard members train to fight wildfires in the heat Monday at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. (KATU Photo)

SALEM, Ore. - More help is on the way for communities threatened by wildfires in Oregon.

The state recently mobilized 125 Oregon National Guard troops for firefighting duty.

Those Guard members completed the required wildland firefighter "red card" training and departed for the Chetco Bar Fire on Wednesday morning.

100 citizen-soldiers moving to Horse Prairie Fire

That mobilization comes in addition to the 100 National Guard troops dispatched last week to the High Cascades Complex near Crater Lake.

Those troops were reassigned Wednesday to the Horse Prairie Fire in Douglas County, which has prompted evacuations near Riddle.

Additional troops activated to fight fires

And the governor OK'd a third request for activation of citizen soldiers. That group of 125 troops is scheduled to arrive at fire training on Thursday. They wil be dispatched next Tuesday; to which fire has yet to be determined.

The Oregon National Guard and the Oregon Department of Forestry have an ongoing agreement known as Operation Plan Smokey that governs when and how troops are mobilized for firefighting.

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