Bemidji Fire to send team to fight Oregon wildfires

Featured photo: Bemidji’s team of firefighters heading to Oregon Tuesday, Sept. 15. Photo courtesy of the Bemidji Fire Department

Bemidji Fire will be part of a seven fire department deployment to Oregon to help combat wildfires.

According to a release from Bemidji Fire Chief David Hoefer, the seven departments across the state will make up two Task Force teams working with the State of Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety.

Bemidji, along with Cross Lake Fire, will be part of Minnesota Task Force II, which will be led by Fire Chief Hoefer.

Oregon officials requested 10 fire strike teams or task forces from around the country, and after a brief training in Fergus Falls today, Minnesota’s two teams will head west to Oregon.

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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