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Maryland Crew Dispatched to Combat California Wildfire

Maryland's 20-person wildland fire crew, MDS #2Seven members of the Maryland Forest Service have been called into service to assist national efforts to combat a Northern California wildfire raging in the Klamath National Forest.

They will join their Maryland Department of Natural Resources colleagues from the Maryland Park Service and Wildlife and Heritage Service, and a cadre of volunteer firefighters as part of Maryland’s 20-person wildland fire crew, MDS #2, Type 2IA.

The crew will mobilize at the Madonna Ranger Station in Harford County July 28 and fly into Oregon before being dispatched to Northern California July 29 to battle the Happy Camp Lightning fire.

MDS #2 is composed of the following personnel:

  • Maryland Forest Service: 7
  • Maryland Park Service: 5
  • Wildlife & Heritage: 1
  • Firefighters/Volunteers: 7

The Maryland Forest Service has participated in mobilizing wildland firefighters throughout the United States since 1974 as part of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. All crews are certified, equipped and trained.

MDS #2 fire crew members prepare for their work day on the Clear Fire, near Happy Camp, CA on the Klamath National Forest. Fire is 1,900 acres, 10% contained.

The Maryland fire crew, MDS #2, preparing for their work day on the Clear Fire, near Happy Camp, California. The 1,900-acre wildfire in the Klamath National Forest is 10 percent contained.