Minnesota Sending 3 Fire Crews To New Mexico

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is sending three fire crews to New Mexico to help battle wildfires.

The crews have 20 members each. Minnesota also is sending 14 crew-carrier trucks.

Crew members will meet up with two crews from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at the Duluth airport and fly to New Mexico on Thursday.

The Minnesota wildfire fighters include members of the state Department of Natural Resources; the U.S. Forest Service; the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and agencies from Bois Forte, Grand Portage, Fond du Lac and Leech Lake; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Voyageurs National Park.

The crews will serve up to two weeks in New Mexico. They will be assigned to a specific fire when they arrive at the Albuquerque mobilization center.

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  • Jim

    How can they do that when all of the state employees are about to be laid of in a matter of days?

  • tom

    should have sent them tp AZ a few weeks ago

    • Jake

      We couldn’t, as Arizona isn’t politically correct, with their immigration law and all. Once the fire crossed into NM, a ‘blue’ state, well, it’s only good to help THEM out.
      But since we are BROKE, I don’t see how we should be sending any state-level personnel down there.

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