Delaware sends firefighters to battle Western blazes

DOVER – A crew of 20 Delaware firefighters left Sunday for Montana to fight wildfires that are burning through a swath of Western states.

It is the second crew in as many months to be dispatched from Delaware to fight the Western wildfires. A crew was dispatched in July to the Rocky Mountain region. The Delaware Forest Service say more than 1.5 million acres are ablaze in more than 130 separate wildfires.

The Forest Service has trained more than 600 volunteer firefighters in Delaware to be part of 20-person crews that can be dispatched out of state when needed. The team left Sunday from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Missoula, Montana.

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