Last Crew of Wildland Firefighters Return to Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Its been a long summer for the men and women who fight wildfires.

According to the Alabama Forestry Commission, the final crew of firefighters have returned to the state from wildfire details in the western U.S.

Since February, Alabama sent 12 separate crews to assist the Texas Forest Service. The final team returned Aug. 22.

The commission also sent firefighters to battle wildfires in California and Virginia.

Alabama foresters said the requests for assistance come under the Southern Compact, which is a mutual aid agreement between the outhern states to provide firefighting crews when needed.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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