Photo Courtesy: Canadian Red Cross

Rogue Valley crew heading to Canada to help fight wildfires

Photo Courtesy: Canadian Red Cross

PROSPECT, Ore. – The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest says its Hotshot crew is on their way to Alberta, Canada to help with large fire support.

CNBC reports that wildfires across western Canada have burned around 1,800 square miles as of Monday.

According to Forest Service officials, the Rogue River Interagency Hotshot Crew is a national firefighting resources based out of the High Cascades Ranger Station in Prospect.  Crew are usually assigned to other areas statewide and internationally to help with large wildfire suppression efforts.

The Hotshot crew is expected to be away from their home unit for 14 days.

The Forest Service says many of its fire management personnel are currently working on prescribed burns that will work to reduce hazardous fuels in the area.  As soon as fire season starts, the fire management team will continue to prepare and condition for fire season 2023.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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