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Firefighters leave Oct. 27, on the fire line next day for 24-hour shift on and 24-hour shift off

The Canby Fire District has sent four firefighters south to fight the large Kincaid Fire in Northern California's Sonoma County. The men left from Wilsonville, along with other firefighters from the area, about 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, and arrived in Redding, California at 9 p.m. They were on the fire line Monday at 9 a.m. for a 24-hour shift.

Command assistant Matt English led the group that included Brad Frang, Austin Holmes and Bo Ramos. They will work the 24-hour shifts with a 24-hour rest and then back on the fire line for another 24 hours, said Canby Fire Chief Jim Davis.

COURTESY PHOTO: CANBY FIRE DISTRICT - Firefighters headed to California from various districts in our area included four men from Canby's Fire District : Matt English, Brad Fang, Austin Holmes and Bo Ramos.

Part of a Clackamas County fire mobilization, the four men will be fighting the fire up to 21 days, depending on how long it takes to get the massive fire under control. Last year, firefighters from Canby spent 17 days fighting the fire that destroyed the city of Paradise, California.

"Winds were dying down on Oct. 28 only to increase to massive gusts the next day," Davis said. "On Oct. 28, weather forecasters expected very high wind gusts for Oct. 29. Apparently, gusts were expected to be 60 to 80 miles per hour."

The men are part of about 300 firefighters from agencies around Oregon helping fight this season's two large fires in Northern and Southern California. Nine of the 15 teams from Oregon are working on the Kincaid fire.

"Thank you to the firefighter's families for supporting our guys," the chief told The Herald.

Carol Rosen
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