Rogue Valley Strike Team Comes Home

The 22 members of the Rogue Valley Strike Team are back home in time for the holidays. They were helping battle the Thomas fire in Southern California for two weeks.

Posted: Dec. 20, 2017 4:58 PM
Updated: Dec. 20, 2017 6:53 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.-- The teams of Southern Oregon firefighters are back from their efforts to help in the Southern California fires.

The Rogue Valley Strike Team had been working in Southern California for two weeks.

They battled the Thomas Fire alongside an estimated 8,000 firefighters from across the region.

NewsWatch 12 caught up with members from Medford Fire-Rescue as they returned home Wednesday afternoon.

It’s their second time deploying out of Oregon.

They say they're glad they can help other areas when its needed most, thanks to recent agreements made between fire agencies.

Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Tom McGowan says, "Being able to share our resources it's not so impacting on one or two or three organizations in the area. A fire that size is definitely impacting. Our expanded team from Cal Fire, they needed help, they're pushing as hard as they can."

Medford Fire had its first out of state mission back in October.

That was also in California.

Article Comments

50° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 50°
49° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 45°
Crater Lake
36° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 36°
Grants Pass
43° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 43°
Klamath Falls
36° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 36°
Spring Showers
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Latest Video


VIDEO FORECAST: Tracking Another Storm Friday


One Ashland family gets creative during gas outage


Mount Shasta 24/7 dispatch center making a comeback


Law Enforcement Stability Act


Central Point woman raising money for The Maslow Project


Daily J! - Pro Caffeinating


Easy Ways to Ease Seasonal Allergy Symptoms


The Pledge: Sacred Heart Catholic School, Mrs. Beals


Rainy First Day of Spring


VIDEO FORECAST: Active Weather Returns

Community Events