Louisiana wildland firefighters head to Oregon to assist with wildfires
POSTED: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 7:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 7:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Five Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) wildland firefighters are headed to Redmond, Oregon to assist in fighting a wildfire that has consumed roughly 49,000 acres of land in just under a week.
“We are sending a small but extremely qualified crew to Oregon because there is less risk of fire danger in Louisiana at this time since the conditions are not as dry as they normally are during the summer months,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
The firefighters were selected from different parts of the state -- Bienville, Rapides, St. Helena, St. Tammany and Webster Parishes -- to ensure that no area would be left unmanned. LDAF is working in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service under the Cooperative Fire Protection Agreement in which firefighter personnel and equipment can be requested by other state or federal agencies that are in need.
“Budget cuts around the country have limited state resources. If we were in need, we know they would be there to assist us,” said Strain.
The wildland firefighters will be in Oregon approximately two weeks.
The wildfire broke out on Saturday, July 20.