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Wildland firefighters assist in Oregon

Baton Rouge, La. (KALB News Channel 5)  – Five Louisiana wildland firefighters are heading to Redmond, Oregon to assist in fighting wildfires.

"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 Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner, Mike Strain.

The firefighters come from Bienville, Rapides, St. Helena, St. Tammany and Webster Parishes.

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.


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