The team is made up of analysts who are predicting the smoke movement, weather pattern and wind direction. The members are also looking at Josephine County’s unique terrain to safely place firefighters in specific areas.
“This is going to be a big deal. This has already stretched beyond our local capacity between Oregon Department of Forestry, Forest Service, BLM…so we’re having to bring people in,” said BLM spokesman Jim Whittington.
There is also a joint information team at the U.S. Department of Forestry interagency office in Grants Pass. They are helping to coordinate and give information about all of the fires across South West Oregon.