Saturday, August 22, 2015

New Jersey Forest Fire Service will send more firefighters out west

An August 21st press release from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection came to my attention last night. The New Jersey Forest Fire Service will be sending a second crew of 20 wildland firefighters to help fight the wildfires out west. They will be leaving this weekend or early next week. Here is an excerpt from the August 21st NJDEP press release:

Responding to the growing need for support to fight Western wildfires, the Christie Administration is sending an additional 20 members of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service and New Jersey State Forestry Services to assist in the battling of wildfires that are raging across parts of the Northwest, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. … “Our commitment to assist in this national effort to battle these dangerous fires is unwavering,” Commissioner Martin said. “We are proud to be sending our dedicated and brave crews from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service to pitch in and help protect others.”

I ended my original post by sharing a video report from NBC10 in Philadelphia reporting on the New Jersey Forest Fire Service (NJFFS) crew that was working the Morrell Complex of wildfires in Montana in the Lolo National Forest near Seeley Lake, 516 acres had burned and the fire was at 10 percent containment when I wrote the article. Unforunately, as sometimes happens, the video link has expired. The report also mentioned the three NJFFS trucks working fires in Washington and an update (Augustl 21st about 5 PM) on the wildfires burning in out west.

Edited and revised on October 20, 2015

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