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Maryland sending reinforcements to help fight west coast wildfires

Posted at 2:18 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 14:18:51-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A group of Maryland workers are joining in the fight against wildfires in Oregon.

Through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, Maryland is sending a Anne Arundel County Fire Department geographic specialist, to help track the fires.

Two advance team members with Maryland's Emergency Management Agency will head out in October, as will fire crews with the Department of Natural Resources.

“Our fellow states have never hesitated to support the State of Maryland in times of crisis, and we stand ready to support those who now face an unprecedented wildfire season,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Our prayers are with all those who have been affected, injured, or displaced by these devastating fires.”

So far this year, Maryland has sent reinforcements to the El Dorado Fire in Southern California and the Slater Fire in Northern California. Other deployments this year included Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming. Most are volunteer firefighters and former DNR or MEMA employees.