N.M. firefighters dispatched to 7 states

August 17th, 2012 at 4:37 pm by under Wildfires

With the wildfire scene calm in New Mexico, more than 100 firefighters have been sent to assist their colleagues elsewhere.

Earlier today New Mexico State Forestry released this statement from Santa Fe:

The State of New Mexico has dispatched 109 firefighters to aid in firefighting efforts currently underway in the Midwest and many Western states, according to the New Mexico State Forestry Division.

Firefighters and engines from New Mexico State Forestry, Albuquerque, Raton, Red River, San Juan County and Santa Fe have been dispatched to fires in California, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota and Utah.  The New Mexico State Forestry Division is coordinating the dispatch of these crews.

“Even though New Mexico’s fire danger has lessened thanks to monsoonal rainfall, many other areas in the Midwest and Western United States continue to see critical fire danger,” said State Forestry Resource Protection Bureau Chief Donald Griego. “We’re happy to be able to provide resources to other states who need assistance, while ensuring that our own communities are protected.”

Since January 2012, 405 fires have burned 24,132 acres on state and private land. Also this year, New Mexico experienced its largest fire in history, the Whitewater Baldy, as well as its most destructive fire, the Little Bear.

Fire crews from all over New Mexico and many other states were dispatched to these fires and to help support the local, state, federal and tribal fire agencies throughout the fire season.

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