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Incident Overview from InciWeb

Incident Start Date: 12/04/2017 Incident Start Time: 6:26 P.M.

Incident Type: Wildland Fire Cause: Under Investigation

Incident Location: Santa Paula / Ventura Expected Containment: Unknown

Total Acreage: 230,500 Containment: 15%

Citizens Evacuated: 94,607 Firefighter Injuries: 0 Civilian Injuries: 0

Structures Threatened: 18,000 Structures Destroyed: 798 Structures Damaged: 162

Engines: 856 Water Tenders: 48 Helicopters: 27 Hand Crews: 113 Dozers: 67 Total Personnel:6397

The Union County Strike Team has been assigned to the Thomas Fire near Ventura, California. The fire is reportedly the fifth largest California wildfire in the state's history. There are more than 6,000 firefighters fighting the blaze.

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, activated its Agency Operations Center Dec. 6th and deployed 15 strike teams with equipment and personnel who are now actively engaged in assisting with the wildfires in California, according to a press release from the State Fire Marshal.

All Oregon resources are assigned to assist with the Thomas Fire burning near Ventura, California. The California Office of Emergency Services reports that the Thomas Fire is at 230,500 acres and is 15% contained.

"Oregon resources are doing great work and their morale is good," said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "We continue to be proud of our firefighters professionalism and effective intergration with California resources during these difficult fires."

In addition to OSFM's deployed resources, the Oregon Department of Forestry has also deployed 60 personnel and 25 engines to assist with the California wildfires.

California made the request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state-to-state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management who contact and coordinate with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests.