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Nevada Task Force 1 deployed to Oregon to assist wildfire search, rescue mission

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Posted at 1:54 PM, Sep 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-13 00:10:07-04

NEVADA (KTNV)  — The Nevada Task Force 1 received an activation order to deploy a canine search – human remains detection team to Salem, Ore. late Friday night.

The Nevada team consists of a search team manager, a logistics team manager, an intel specialist, and two canines, according to Clark County.

Additionally, the county reports a structural specialist was also deployed in support of Utah Task Force 1 to assist with the same mission.

Nevada's Task Force 1 team departed Las Vegas at 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

Including in the activation order was two Type I teams, one from Utah and one from Washington, that will deploy another 160 personnel to support local authorities.

Friday, due to the rapid spread of the fires, and evacuations being incomplete, there was a large number of people reported missing. Once the team arrives in Oregon, they will be deployed by local and state authorities to conduct search operations to ensure no one is left unaccounted for.

The mission could last up to 14 days depending on the needs of authorities, according to Clark County.