MONTANA – Some of the states’ best wild-land firefighters are heading west to help fight a number of wildfires.
20 members of a Maine Forest Service crew were at the airport bright and early Wednesday morning to catch a flight to Montana. Once there, they’ll help the battle fire near the Russell Wildlife Refuge that’s already charred more than 6,000 acres.
Maine ranger Jeff courier said Maine Rangers are often called to help with wildfires in other states and Canada. He said it’ll give the Maine crew great experience they can later use once back home.
All the costs associated with the mobilization of the Maine fire fighters are reimbursed.
He also stated they know there could come a day when Maine may require similar help from neighboring states if a massive wildfire ever happened here.