20 Alabama Firefighters Head West to Battle Wildfires

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Twenty wildland firefighters from the Alabama Forestry Commission are on their way to Idaho Friday to help
battle wildfires.

The fire crews, according to commission spokeswoman Coleen Vansant, will be assigned to the Cascade Complex wildfire in the Boise National Forest.

There are four active fires in Idaho that have scorched approximately 12 thousand acres. The fires began in mid July and were sparked by lightning.

Vansant said the 20 firefighters will join about 250 personnel already on the scene. Many from the Alabama group have been out west before to help states battle blazes.

Massive wildfires are also burning thousands of acres in Utah and Montana.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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