NY sends crew to help fight western wildfires

Aug 8, 2015 3:46 PM by Ross Field

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Twenty New York State workers and volunteers are headed west to help fight wildfires.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday the group of Department of Environmental Conservation employees and volunteers will fly to California, Oregon and Washington state with other crews.

The New Yorkers are expected to be engaged actively in firefighting for two weeks. The U.S. Forest Service is paying the costs of the trip.

The fires have covered more than 200 square miles in the three states.

New York first sent a firefighting crew to assist western states in fighting major wildfires in 1979. An average of a crew or two has been sent each year since.

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