Rogue River Hotshots Battling Gladiator Fire

MEDFORD, Ore. — The wildfire in Arizona is becoming more dangerous and more unpredictable now that winds have died down. As over a thousand crewmembers continue to battle the flames in Arizona, dozens of Southern Oregon fire crew members are joining in.

The Rogue River Hot Shots, with the U.S. Forest Service, are helping to extinguish the gladiator fire in Arizona. A spokesman says fire crews began training ahead of time to prepare for an earlier fire season.

“Our crews came on early in March for their training. Both academically and physically training so they were already on earlier with anticipation,” states Mark Glos with the U.S. Forest Service.

A spokesman says the crew members will be in Arizona for about two more weeks. The U.S. Forest Service also has several engines on stand-by.