Thursday, August 17, 2000

Firefighters sent to battle Idaho blaze




The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — A group of 18 firefighters from the Kentucky Division of Forestry was scheduled to depart this morning to assist in extinguishing a massive forest fire in Idaho.

        Wildfires have burned more than 1 million acres in 11 Western states this year.

        The Kentucky firefighters will be dispatched to the fire in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, which has currently spread over 2,000 acres. They will be assisting the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service with the fire, state forestry officials said Wednesday.

        Two more firefighters were scheduled to be sent to western Montana to assist with helicopter operations on the Ryan Gulch fire near Clinton, Mont.

        The state's forestry division has a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to provide assistance during forest fire emergencies. The federal agency assisted Kentucky last fall when the state had its worst outbreak of fires in a decade.

       



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