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LDAF firefighters assisting with ongoing Oregon wildfires

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Posted at 8:42 PM, Aug 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-12 21:42:41-04

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) wildland firefighters are in Oregon assisting with ongoing wildfires.

A 10-person hand crew, comprised of six personnel from the LDAF and four from the U.S. Forest Service, is supporting engine operations during a 21-day assignment in Medford, Oregon. Using rakes and shovels, hand crews create fire breaks by clearing away flammable debris like dry leaves and digging down to bare soil. Hand crews are used in areas where heavy equipment is unable to access.

"Louisiana is currently experiencing historically low wildfire incidents due to the abundant rainfall this year. This allows us to assist other states that are battling large wildfire incidents and in need of additional resources and boots on the ground," Strain said. "LDAF personnel are chosen from various districts around the state to maintain proper fire protection coverage at home while they assist others in need."

Cooperative agreements between federal, state and local organizations allow for the exchange of firefighting resources among participating agencies.

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The LA#1 Interagency Crew mop up near Grant's Pass, Oregon. Mop up includes working the fire perimeter to ensure all embers are extinguished. This job is a critical aspect to fire control and containment efforts.

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