Firefighting resources running dry, during ‘Preparedness Level 5’

MEDFORD, Ore, —Firefighting resources are running dry regionally and across the country.

The Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest says we’re in what’s called a Preparedness Level 5.

That means most of the country’s incident management teams are already committed to other incidents.

In the event of a fire, crews would have to deal with the incident themselves, before any other resources become available.

“That’s as bad as it gets and so if we have another fire or something around here we are going to have to cobble together the appropriate response and this is not good,” said Congressman Bentz.

Congressman Bentz says the ramifications of playing with fire are far too great right now and urges people across the region to be cautious.

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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