29 Minnesota firefighters and nine fire trucks will travel to Salem, Oregon this morning to help protect structures threatened by wildfires across the state.

Governor Tim Walz authorized the move following a request from Oregon officials through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). Minnesota will send two task forces comprised of firefighters and trucks from Brainerd, Fisher, Bemidji, Eden Prairie, Motley, Cross Lake, and Spring Lake Park/Blaine/Mounds View fire departments. State Fire Marshal Jim Smith says the firefighters on the teams are specifically trained to protect lives and property during dangerous, stressful and volatile situations.