Firefighters from Lane County dispatched to Douglas County

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon Gov. Kate Brown mobilized the state's firefighters to assist Douglas County, where the Stouts and Cable Crossing fires threaten homes.

That means firefighters from Lane County are headed south to help protect lives and property from the wildfires.

Chief Chad Minter of Coburg Fire said that the Lane County Task force number 1 is made up of 6 different fire units, including Eugene-Springfield FIre.

The task force includes two structural engines, two brush fire engines, a water tanker and 16 people.

"The way we do it by taking a little resource from each district, we don't strip anybody so we're still intact and still take calls," Minter said.

Working on a task force can be a grueling job.

"Most of them were up on a normal shift just like us yesterday, got notified last night at 11:30 at night, so never got any sleep or very little sleep, and then hit the road at 5:30 this morning and are probably working the lines right now," Minter said.

Captain Cody Johnson with Coburg Fire was on a task force two years ago for the Douglas Complex fire.

He and other members of the task force protected homes during the fire.

"I was pretty tiring but it was a good experience," he said. "We trained a lot for it, and it's nice to use our training and help the communities when they need it."

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