MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Forestry Commission has sent
another 14 firefighters to Texas to help fight wildfires.
The commission says two strike teams have gone to replace the
dozen firefighters that have returned from a two-week deployment in
the Kingsville and Edinburg areas of south Texas. The new crew also
will spend 14 days there.
The region is suffering extreme drought conditions making it a
tinderbox for wildfires. Since the first of the year, about 14,000
wildfires have burned more than 700,000 acres and almost 1,200
structures in Texas.
The deployment is part of a firefighting agreement Alabama has
with other southern states.
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