Carbondale sends crew, truck to help fight wildfire in Oregon |

Carbondale sends crew, truck to help fight wildfire in Oregon

Staff report

The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District has sent a brush truck and crew to help fight the Bendire Complex Fire near Vale, Oregon.

The U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday requested assistance from Colorado crews, including one from Carbondale, to help with wildfires in the Northwest. Numerous wildfires are burning in the Northern California/Oregon area.

Because of low wildfire danger right now in its home area, the district was able to send a crew and brush truck to help.

The district benefits by lending a hand with fires out of the area, a statement from the fire district said.

“The crews have an opportunity to experience large wildfires, which do not happen in this area often, and the district is able increase its revenues with payments from wildfire assignments,” the statement said. “It is common in the fire service to help other agencies in need. As an example, during the 2013 Red Canyon Fire and the County Road 100 Fire, many fire departments sent their resources to help the Carbondale Fire District.”

The Bendire Complex Fire is estimated at 30,000 acres and is 10 percent contained. A national incident-management team is en route to manage the fire.

For more information on the Bendire Complex Fire, go to