NW Firefighters Get International Assistance

NW Firefighters Get International Assistance

15 August 2006

published by publicbroadcasting.net


Portland, OR, USA — Wildland fire fighters in the Northwest are getting some help this week from Down Under… and from Canada… and the military. Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnsonreports.

With so many wildfires burning throughout the Northwest, the home teams are stretched thin. So specialists from Australia and New Zealand are among those suiting up for the game.

The fire managers from Down Under are here to direct teams out of Redmond, Oregon and Wenatchee, Washington. Having more managers means being able to send out more crews.

This is the fourth time since 2000 that Australians and New Zealanders have come to the Northwest and Rocky Mountain areas to lend support during bad fire seasons.

15 smoke jumpers from Canada recently helped out in Missoula, Montana.

Also this week, some 550 soldiers from Fort Lewis are pitching in to help fight the massive Tripod Complex fire near Winthrop, Washington.


 

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