Bemidji Fire team traveling home from Oregon

Bemidji’s team of firefighters left for Oregon on Sept. 15 and are now on their way home. Photo courtesy of the Bemidji Fire Department

The Minnesota firefighters who were deployed to the Oregon firefight have completed their two-week mission and will begin their drive back home today.

Twenty-nine firefighters from seven departments across the state were deployed through the mutual aid system known as the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

Bemidji Fire Chief David Hoefer was the team leader for Minnesota Task Force II, and eight other Bemidji Firefighters were also deployed there.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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