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Oregon deploys 269 personnel to battle wildfires in California

Firefighter Ryan Spencer battles a wildfire as it burns along a hillside toward homes in La Conchita, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The wind-swept blazes have forced tens of thousands of evacuations and destroyed dozens of homes. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office deployed 15 strike teams with equipment and personnel to help battle the growing wildfires in Southern California.

According to the state fire marshal, seven Oregon strike teams are assigned to the Thomas fire burning near Ventura, Calif. and eight strike teams are assigned to the Creek Fire burning near Sylmar, Calif.

In total, Oregon has deployed 269 people and 75 pieces of equipment to assist with the California fires.

“Today's forecasted weather will be a test to all firefighters and residents with winds expected at up to 60 mph," said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "These winds are expected to last through Friday, possibly diminishing over the weekend and picking back up again at the beginning of next week."

California officials say the Thomas Fire is no 96,000 acres and 5 percent contained and the Creek Fire is 12,605 acres and 10 percent contained.

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