California Wildfires

A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in Northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and struck out on foot ahead of the flames that forced the evacuation of an entire town. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

MULTNOMAH COUNTY, OR (KPTV) - A group of Oregon firefighters left Friday to help other firefighters in California battle a deadly blaze.

The Camp Fire wildfire burning in Butte County, California and has killed five people, fire authorities said Friday. The entire town of Paradise was engulfed in flames and residents were ordered to evacuate.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office around 9 a.m. Friday requested help for crews battling the flames about 200 miles south of the Oregon border.

The Fire Marshal's Office is sending structural task forces from the following counties: Rouge Valley, Klamath, Douglas, Lane, Marion, Linn, Benton, Lincoln, Polk, Washington, Multnomah, Clatsop, Columbia, Clackamas, and Yamhill.

The strike teams left Oregon around 12 p.m.

Fire officials say the teams will travel overnight and report to base camp in Chico, California sometime Saturday.

The teams is expected to perform service-related functions, including structural preparation of impacted buildings and/or backfilling and staffing of vacated local fire stations.

The team could be deployed out of state as long as two weeks, according to officials.

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