Oregon firefighters heading home from Thomas Fire in Southern California

Oregon firefighters spent two weeks fighting fires in Southern California, including the massive Thomas Fire in Ventura County. (Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon firefighters deployed to California to battle wildfires there are on their way home.

All 15 strike teams - including two from Lane County - will demobilize and head home after 2 weeks fighting fires in Southern California, including the massive Thomas Fire in Ventura County.

The Thomas Fire has burned 271,750 acres and stands at 50 percent contained.

"We are extremely pleased with the performance of our strike teams," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "Our teams have played an important role in helping our neighbors to the south and all of Oregon can be proud of the professionalism and effectiveness of our resources while dealing with these difficult fires."

The fire marshal's office anticipated crews would start arriving home Wednesday.

"The strike teams are scheduled to demobilize throughout the day today, but due to the length of the drive and an incoming weather system to southern Oregon and northern California, teams will likely be arriving at their districts tomorrow," the fire marshal's office said in a statement.

California called in reinforcements from Oregon and other Western States through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

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