790 Fire Brings In More Resources

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NEAR PROSPECT, Ore. — As most people head into a long labor day weekend, fire crews working away setting up a new camp and bringing in more personnel.

The fire is now nearly 2300 acres, and is burning forest land about half way between Crater Lake and Mt. McLoughlin.

The U.S. Forest Service says the growth has made it difficult for the resources they had on site, so they are in the process of upgrading from a type 3 to a type 2 incident management team.

‘This fire is located in some very steep terrain, a lot of rocky terrain, so that
adds to the safety risk of our fire fighters,” said Public Affairs Official Scott Blowers.

With no roads to drive, crews had to find different ways to get resources into the site, so pack mules move supplies toward the lines.

To get personnel to the tough locations, fire crews are relying on resources from the air.

“We do have 24 smoke jumpers out of the Redmond base and they jump out of airplanes and land inside of fires,” said Blowers.