July 10, 2008

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Additional Alabama Firefighters Sent To Texas

The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) is sending seven more wildland firefighters to assist in battling wildfires that have continued to plague the state of Texas for most of 2008. Five of the team members will depart from the Crenshaw County AFC office in Luverne at 7:00 am on Friday, July 11, with two more team members leaving on Saturday morning. This is in addition to a team of seven AFC firefighters who were dispatched to the Lone Star State on Saturday, July 5.

 

According to State Forester Linda S. Casey, these are the ninth and tenth AFC crews to go to Texas under the terms of the Southern Fire Compact, a mutual aid agreement between the southern states providing firefighting assistance to each other in case of severe wildfire conditions. During their 18-day assignment, the men will be involved in initial fire attack, working with heavy wildland fire suppression units (bulldozers). These additional crews bring the total number of Alabama firefighters to 65 who have served on Texas fire detail since February of this year, where 9,835 wildfires have consumed 1,353,182 acres since the first of the year. Although 626 structures have been destroyed, firefighters have saved 15,571.

 

All of these out-of-state emergency details are filled by foresters and rangers who volunteer for the assignment. Many have fought other western fires in recent years, including details in Idaho, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas.

 

For more information, contact:

Mark Sullivan                            

Fire Operations 

Alabama Forestry Commission

Telephone: (334) 240-9329

 



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