New Hampshire firefighters head west to battle wildfires

  • A hillside smolders after flames passed through during the Ranch Fire in Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson) JOSH EDELSON

  • A tree burns from the inside during the Ranch Fire in Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson) JOSH EDELSON

  • A U.S. Air Force plane drops fire retardant on a burning hillside in the Ranch Fire in Clearlake Oaks, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson) Josh Edelson

  • A truck passes by flames during a ranch fire in Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Sunday. AP

  • In this photo released by The Eastern Area Incident Management Team, a fire burns along a road as crews continues to battle a wildfire in eastern Washington state Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. (Eastern Area IMT via AP)

Published: 8/6/2018 11:48:17 AM

By Associated Press

Twenty firefighters from New Hampshire and Maine are headed west to battle wildfires.

The group departed from Allenstown, New Hampshire, for Pennsylvania to join other firefighters this weekend. From there, they’re headed to the northern Rockies coordination center in Montana.

Capt. Douglas Miner, of the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, said the New England crew will be assigned to one of the 66-plus active fires in the western states.

Fire crew boss Brian Charland said the work will be challenging with firefighters working 16-hour days in steep mountains while wearing 40 pounds of gear.




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