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Fire Crews Need Assistance in Winter

alder creek fire 1NEAR SHADY COVE, Ore. — Fire season in Southern Oregon typically starts in June with agencies getting their resources lined up in April, but with wildfires popping up in January, agencies are continuing to help each other out.

The Alder Creek Fire called in Thursday was under the Oregon Department of Forestry’s watch, but being an off-peak time of year, they called for additional help.

The United States Forest Service sent two engines and four members of the Rogue River Hot Shots to assist Thursday when the initial call came in. USFS officials say they don’t have full crews on this time of year and with a few hundred acre fires burning, they are on alert.

“Every response is interagency between federal, state, county, local fire departments, we are always cooperating, it’s in our best interest to do so,” said Virginia Gibbons, with the U.S. Forest Service.

Forest Service officials say they are also adjusting their prescribed burn plans for this time of year. The USFS is expecting the same, increased, level of resources for this year’s fire season as last year.