Maryland has assembled and mobilized its second crew of wildland firefighters to battle raging wildfires in the Western United States, as part of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources:
Maryland State (MDS) #2 has been dispatched to battle the Tenmile Fire, which is burning about 372 acres (zero percent contained) in the Kootenai National Forest in Northwest Montana.
The 20-person crew arrived yesterday in Missoula, Montana.
MDS #2 consists of seven representatives from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, including employees from the Maryland Forest Service, Maryland Park Service and Wildlife and Heritage Service. They join an additional 160 people assigned to the Tenmile Fire for a 14-day tour.
Maryland has participated in mobilizing certified, equipped and fully-trained wildland firefighters since 1974.
Read the full press release for more information.