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July 5, 2013

DNR Deploys Firefighters to Assist with Alaska Wildfires

by Martha

Crewmember fighting a wildland fire

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) mobilized a Type 2 initial attack wildland fire crew from the Madonna Ranger Station in Harford County this afternoon.  The 20-person hand crew has been ordered and will be assigned to support the MID Stuart Creek 2 incident in Alaska. They will be reporting to the Incident Command Post at the North Pole Elementary School in North Pole, Alaska.  A typical inter-agency assignment lasts 14 days including travel.

Through a Cooperative Agreement with the USDA Forest Service, DNR’s Forest Service provides trained firefighting experts to assist with the efforts to contain and control some of the largest wildfires in the nation. Maryland staff has participated in mobilizing wildland firefighters for dispatch throughout the United States since 1974. For more information on DNR’s Interagency Wildland Fire Mobilization, visit dnr.state.md.us/forests/fire/mdfire.asp.

 

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