In Jackson County alone there have been five reported cases of firefighters having to be evacuated to the hospital because of heat exhaustion.
Fire officials say they normally see that happen once or twice every couple of years.
Medical personnel attribute the change to the heat and the early start to the season.
“This has been an atypical year,” said Beaver Complex Medical Unit Leader Andrew Wheeler. “Generally Oregon fire season starts at the end of July and this year it started the first of July, so crews are being rotated from fire to fire.”
Right now there are 22 medical personnel on the Beaver Complex — two at a time in each of the two medical tents and the remaining majority in the field.
They also have an ambulance at each fire for immediate evacuations.