Minnesota Firefighters Share Experiences of Battling Oregon Wildfires
29 Minnesota firefighters and nine fire trucks returned back home recently following a two-week mission in Oregon. We brought you video and interviews from the return of the Bemidji crew last week, and tonight, we heard more from some other area firefighters who are sharing their experiences from the front lines of the Slater fire.
The 29 firefighters from seven departments across the state were deployed to Oregon following a request from Oregon officials. While in Oregon, the firefighters split into two task forces, where they worked long days to protect structures and contain the flames. Wildfires there torched more than 4,000 homes and burned more than 1 million acres across the state.
The firefighters involved in the mission came from the Brainerd, Bemidji, Fisher, Eden Prairie, Cross Lake, and Spring Lake Park/Blaine/Mounds View Fire Departments.