SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Three 125-person teams of Oregon National Guard troops who have been trained to fight wildfires are expected to start arriving at the Holiday Farm Fire on Saturday.
Major General Michael E. Stencel said the Guard units could be sent elsewhere at the Oregon Department of Forestry's discretion.
If all three teams arrive at the fire in Lane County as currently planned, they will nearly triple the number of personnel on the fire. Just over 200 firefighters are currently working the blaze in the McKenzie Valley as of Thursday.
Guard troops have also volunteered to staff traffic control points to help enforce evacuation zones.
The Guard will begin staffing such control points in Lane County as early as Friday.
National Guard troops trained earlier this summer to be ready to mobilize to fight fires so they would be ready to mobilize, if needed, under Operation Plan Smokey.
Stencel said the Oregon Military Department is also:
The Oregon Department of Forestry says they will need to roughly double the number of firefighters in Oregon to fight the fires until a fire season-ending rain event arrives. That typically doesn't happen until October.