Seaside firefighters Chris Dugan, Jenson Segui and Max Savage are heading back to Seaside this afternoon following a week in California assisting with the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County.
The fire, which began Oct. 23, is 80% contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported Monday. Residents are returning to their homes as evacuation orders are lifted. Crews will continue their progress as they mop up and construct more containment line.
Active for 11 days, the fire has covered almost 78,000 acres of vegetation.
Along with a department brush truck, the firefighters joined the Columbia County Strike Team No. 4 to fight the fire, Chief Joey Daniels told the City Council on Oct. 28.
Dugan, Savage and Segui left Seaside last Wednesday for Sonoma County and spent their entire week assisting crews from California and the region with the 78,000-acre blaze.
According to Seaside Public Information Officer Jon Rahl, the firefighters deployed with the Columbia County Strike Team #4.
The crews were part of 15 strike teams from across Oregon that were mobilized four days after the fire began.
As of Monday, nine of the 15 total teams that demobilized and have arrived back in Oregon or are currently en route back home. Six Oregon crews moved to the Ranch Fire in Tehama County which started Nov. 3.