Fire agencies getting stretched thin

Central Point, Ore. — Fire agencies throughout the Pacific Northwest are stretched thin.

Right now, Oregon Department of Forestry doesn’t have any fires burning. That means they are fully staffed and ready for an initial attack should anything spark, but finding relief, or back-up, won’t be easy.

We’re at planning level 5,” Melissa Cano, Public Information Officer for Oregon Department of Forestry says, “and that means we’re pretty tapped out, and if we have another large fire those resources are going to be very hard to come by.”

For ODF protected land, fire danger remains at extreme for the public, with a complete shutdown of industrial operations. ODF says it understand the impact the shutdown has on the local economy, and it will life the restrictions as soon as it can.

Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5, 6 and 11. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.

She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.

When Kristin is not sharing the news, she’s traveling, hunting down the best burrito, or buried in a Jodi Picoult novel. She’s also a Green Bay Packers shareholder; if you see her out and about she’d be happy to tell you the story of how a California girl became a cheesehead.

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