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Wildland firefighters leave to fight Oklahoma wildfires

Photo courtesy of the Mississippi Forestry Commission.

The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) is deploying a bulldozer strike team and two division supervisors to Oklahoma to assist state and federal partners with wildfire suppression efforts. Eight MFC Wildland Firefighters traveled to Shawnee, Oklahoma.

The firefighters left from the Southern Regional Fire Training Center in Pearl. Currently, Oklahoma has several active wildfires, including one that reached 27,650 acres. With exhausted resources and high winds int he forecast, several states are headed to assist under a compact agreement. At this time, the western half of Oklahoma is under a burn ban.

“We are extremely proud of our employees who are taking part in these efforts to help our state and federal partners in Oklahoma,” said State Forester Charlie Morgan. “Fighting the destructive power of wildfire means that our Wildland Firefighters are working in extreme conditions protecting people’s lives, homes, and forestland.”

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