July 15, 2008

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Alabama Firefighters to Assist in California Wildfires

With 1,781 fires and 839,343 acres already burned since mid-June, the state of California may be headed for the worst fire season in its history. In response to a nationwide call for assistance, a multi-agency team is sending a crew of wildland firefighters from Alabama for a western fire detail. The crew consists of nine USDA Forest Service firefighters, eleven Alabama Forestry Commission firefighters, one from the National Park Service in Alabama, and one from the Pelham Fire Department. Two of the AFC employees will be used as crew leaders for two of the other crews going out.

The firefighters will check-in at the Forest Service headquarters at 2946 Chestnut Street in Montgomery at 2:00 pm today. They will be transported to Tampa, where they will group up with four other 20-person crews before catching the National Interagency Fire Center’s (NIFC) plane headed west on Thursday.

Strong gusty winds, extremely low relative humidity, and high temperatures continue to create very dry conditions on the surface, resulting in critical fire weather conditions across the northern half of California.

For more information, contact:

Mark Sullivan                                   Jorge Hersel
Fire Operations                               Fire Information
Alabama Forestry Commission        National Forests in Alabama
Telephone: (334) 240-9329            Telephone: (334) 241-8107
Mobile: (205) 850-7592                  Mobile: (334) 339-1275

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