Florida Firefighters Help Battle Blazes in Western States

Monday, July 10, 2017

Forty-one wildland firefighters from the Florida Forest Service traveled this past weekend to assist wildfire suppression efforts in Western states.

“After battling more than 2,500 wildfires in Florida this year, Florida Forest Service firefighters are ready to help other states with their fires,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “It is a priority for our department to help our partners defend life and property from the devastating effects of wildfire.”

On Saturday, the two crews of 41 Florida Forest Service firefighters will fly to Salt Lake City, Utah alongside three additional crews from Puerto Rico and Georgia. Upon arrival in Utah, the crews will receive fire assignments throughout the Western states based on priority and fire activity.

“Due to the extreme terrain out west, wildfires can be very intense,” said Jim Karels, State Forester. “Nevertheless, our Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters are prepared for exactly this. Their first-class training and experience battling wildfires in Florida will help them fight these fires aggressively and safely.”

Five additional Florida Forest Service fire personnel are currently assisting in various positions throughout Arizona, Utah, Colorado and Montana.

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