Maryland sends crews to battle fires in Western U.S.

Posted at 2:06 PM, Aug 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 14:06:03-04

A second crew of wildland firefighters is heading west to battle raging wildfires in the Northern Rocky Mountain region as part of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

20 crew members from Maryland State #2 were sent to battle the Tenmile Fire, a blaze that is burning 372 acres in the Kootenai National Forest in Northwest Montana. 

The unit consists of 14 members from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, including seven seasonal employees from the Maryland Forest Service, Maryland Park Service, and Wildlife and Heritage Service. They will join 160 people already assigned to a 14-day tour battling the Tenmile Fire. 

Maryland has participated in this cooperative training and fire fighting program since 1974, the Department of Natural Resources said.