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Oregon Firefighters Offer New Mexico Aid

By Yessenia Anderson

MEDFORD, Ore. — Local fire fighters are being asked to help fight a 54-square mile fire in New Mexico. The Oregon Department of Forestry received the call this morning and will be sending out a fire fighter to lead a strike team.

The young man is set to leave Tuesday, which is the second day of fire school for ODF crew members. ODF officials say if the fire continues at this same velocity they anticipate this will not be the only crew member they send.

“It’s real likely that they could call for all kinds of people to fill a variety of jobs on the fire teams that are assigned to these individual fires,” says Brian Ballou, with the Oregon Department Of Forestry.

The fire has reportedly damaged or destroyed at least 36 structures and winds up to 35 miles per hour are causing crews to ground aircrafts.