Horry County firefighters to assist battling Oregon blaze
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:11:05 GMT —
Three firefighters are being sent Oregon to help battle wildfires that are burning thousands of acres, according to Brian VanAernem with Horry County Fire Rescue.
VanAernem said the firefighters will be deployed for 16 days as part of a 20-man initial attack crew.
They left for Oregon from Horry County Monday morning, according to VanAernem.
VanAernem said the firefighters will learn which fire they will be fighting once they get to Oregon. He said they could even be assigned to a fire in Washington State if officials with the U.S. Forestry Service need them there.
He said the firefighters that were sent to Oregon are "red card certified," which means they took courses with the U.S. Forestry Service and completed mandatory physicals.
VanAernem said Horry County Fire Rescue has 15 firefighters that have their red cards.
Dozens of wildfires are burning across Oregon and Washington and hundreds of structures have been destroyed.
You can read more on the fires from our sister station in Seattle.