The Mississippi Forestry Commission has deployed one Equipment Manager to Colorado and one Public Information Officer Trainee to Oregon.
The two individuals will serve on interagency incident management teams and help support their state and federal partners in wildfire suppression efforts. Their names will be released upon their safe return to Mississippi in approximately two weeks.
“Interagency incident management teams depend on a variety of roles and skill sets to manage wildfires,” said State Forester Charlie Morgan. “We appreciate our employees taking part in these efforts to help our state and federal partners in Colorado and Oregon.”
Morgan added that their names will be released upon their safe return in approximately two weeks.
According to reports that were released on Monday, July 23rd, the Indian Valley wildfire in Colorado has grown to over 5,000 acres and is five percent contained.
In Oregon, the Sugar Pine wildfires have burned approximately 886 acres as of July 23. With that land, 19 wildfires on the High Cascades Ranger District west of Crater Lake National Park are being managed under the collective incident name Sugar Pine, which is also the name of one specific fire in the group.
Morgan said the containment percentage varies depending on which specific fire in the group is being referenced.