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Multnomah County sending strike team to help battle California wildfires

A firefighter pulls a water hose as a wildfires continues to burn Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Santa Paula, 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 and other structures Tuesday and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Oregon firefighters are once again heading south to help battle wildfires that have destroyed homes and displaced thousands of people in southern California.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, Multnomah County is sending a strike team, which will include two Gresham fire engines and three Portland fire engines.

The team has picked up equipment that had been stowed away after it was used by Oregon firefighters just six weeks ago to help fight the fires that had raged across northern California.

Portland Fire & Rescue said the firefighters from Multnomah County will meet up with other Oregon firefighters who are also responding to California’s call for help.

“While this second request in a single fire season for inter-state mutual aid from California is truly unprecedented, Oregon is fortunate to have the resources available. 2017 will go down as a record year for Oregon fire crews,” Portland Fire said in a news release Tuesday night.

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