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Maryland Fire Crew Mobilized to Combat Wildfires in the Rockies

DNR Team Makes First Interagency Deployment of 2020

Photo of wildland firefighters gathering equipment at Green Ridge Fire Station

Maryland wildland firefighters mobilize July 15 at the Maryland Forest Service Green Ridge Fire Center, preparing to deploy to Wyoming.

Maryland has dispatched a 10-person fire crew module to battle wildfires in the Rocky Mountains. Maryland State (MDS) #1 mobilized July 15 at the Green Ridge Fire Center in Allegany County. The unit arrived early Friday at Rocky Mountain Mobilization Center in Cheyenne, Wyo., and will deploy to Rawlins, Wyo., for the initial attack on a wildfire.

MDS #1 consists of representatives from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The wildland fire crew includes eight firefighters from the Maryland Forest Service, and two from the Maryland Park Service.

The National Interagency Fire Center is the nation’s support center for wildland firefighting. The Maryland Forest Service has participated in mobilizing wildland firefighters throughout the U.S. since 1974, as part of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Other partners in this nationwide group include the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.