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Alabama firefighters sent to help with Oregon, Washington wildfires

Source: MGN Online Source: MGN Online
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Seven Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) wildland firefighters from across the state left over the weekend for fire-fighting details out West.

Five were dispatched to wildfires in Oregon, and two were assigned to Washington State, which is dealing with one of the largest wildfires in its history.

Alabama State Forester Greg Pate says the veteran AFC firefighters accepted a 16-day assignment through an agreement with the U. S. Forest Service.

Each has previously fought Western fires in recent years, including details in California, Idaho, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas, Pate says.

"Although our staff is extremely small, we feel the need to help our sister states and brotherhood of firefighters in their time of need," said Pate. "The experience these firefighters gain through these assignments helps us in meeting our mandate of suppressing forest fires in Alabama."

While much of Alabama has enjoyed measurable rainfall this summer, many western states continue to suffer from extreme or exceptional drought, allowing large wildfires to quickly rage out of control.

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