Maryland Wildfire Crew Heads to Northern Rockies
Team Battling Tenmile Fire in Montana
Maryland has assembled and mobilized its second crew of wildland firefighters to battle raging wildfires in the Western United States, as part of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
Maryland State (MDS) #2 has been dispatched to battle the Tenmile Fire, which is burning about 372 acres (zero percent contained) in the Kootenai National Forest in Northwest Montana.
The 20-person crew arrived today in Missoula, Montana.
MDS #2 consists of 14 representatives from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, including seven full-time and seven seasonal employees from the Maryland Forest Service, Maryland Park Service and Wildlife and Heritage Service. They join an additional 160 people assigned to the Tenmile Fire for a 14-day tour.
Maryland has participated in mobilizing certified, equipped and fully-trained wildland firefighters since 1974.