Oregon sends 10 strike teams and equipment to California wildfires

Firefighters put out a fire burning a home Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif. Raked by ferocious Santa Ana winds, explosive wildfires northwest of Los Angeles and in the city's foothills burned a psychiatric hospital and scores of homes Tuesday and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ten strike teams from all over the state are on their way to help California firefighters battle several massive blazes north of Los Angeles.

The Oregon Fire Marshal said Wednesday it is also sending heavy equipment to help.

The largest and most destructive of the fires, an 85-square-mile (220-sq. kilometer) wildfire in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, had nearly reached the Pacific on Tuesday night after starting 30 miles (48 kilometers) inland a day earlier.

Strikes teams from Oregon will come from Lane, Multnomah, Washington, Linn, Marion, Clackamas, Klamath and Yamhill counties. Of Linn County’s 22 firefighters, nine of them are from Albany Fire Department and the others come from Lebanon, Sweet Home, Tangent and Scio Fire Departments. The 22 firefighters are going to Chino, Calif. at the request of the State of California.

A combined team from Polk, Linn, and Benton counties and a team from the Rogue Valley area are also en route.

State fire officials say five more strike teams will be dispatched later Wednesday.

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