Virginia forestry staff head west to help fight historic blazes

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Thirty-nine employees of the Virginia Department of Forestry are heading to the West Coast to assist crews there as they fight enormous wildfires.

“Conditions are very physically demanding, but these are some of Virginia’s most experienced wildland firefighters,” the Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry said in a press release.

Firefighters will ship out for 14 days at a time, flying to remote locations to help contain the blaze.

John Miller, director of fire and emergency response with the Department of Forestry, said the hands-on experience firefighters get during this time “makes them better prepared to deal with the management of emergency incidents here in the Commonwealth.”

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