GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is sending a fire crew to help battle wildfires in drought-stricken Texas.

The 20-member crew left Grand Rapids Tuesday morning and is expected to arrive in Marathon, Texas, on Wednesday evening.

The inter-agency group is made up of trained wildfire fighters from across Minnesota. The crew has members from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs representing the Fond du Lac, Leech Lake and Grand Portage agencies.

The crew will serve up to two weeks in Texas.

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Comments (4)
  1. Murph says:

    Bring them home now! Let the GOP governor of Texas beg the 75% of firefighters he got rid of to come back to their jobs.I Would not risk ONE DROP of Minnesota blood to bail the fascist pig out of the mess he created.Enough ,is enough! String them all up and good riddence! That heat from Texas fires likely played a big role in producing heat for the super tornados that ravaged the governors neighbors to the east killing over 300 people! Milquetoast news is not what is needed when fascist programs kill the innocent.

    1. Brian says:

      Wow, Murph..Go take your meds and relax a little. Bad day at work?

  2. Michael says:

    Brian, I take it Murph hasn’t been to the beautiful Lone Star state or had the good fortune of meeting a good Texan. Perry may be a clown, but it would be the same as thinking all Minnesotans are like Bachmann, Pawlenty or Dayton. Just ain’t so.

    1. Human Bean says:

      From Texas, thanks for your support! We will be there for you if you need us. Don’t ask Perry, ask us, the people, we will be there for you.

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