20 Mississippi firefighters headed to CO to help fight wildfires - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

20 Mississippi firefighters headed to CO to help fight wildfires

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

The Mississippi Forestry Commission is sending firefighters to Colorado to help fight wildfires.

Twenty firefighters will be deployed and will leave at 8:45 a.m. Friday.

These specific crews are called wildland firefighters. They are also called Type-2 Initial Attack crews. Their job is to serve front line of wildland firefighting. 

The crews on this particular team are trained in wildland firefighting tactics and contain fire by constructing a fireline with hand tools.

Firelines are a strip of land that is cleared of any flammable vegetation down to the soil so that you can create a perimeter clear of fuel around the wilfire. 

IA crews also burn out fire areas and mop-up after a wildfire ha been contained. 

“We appreciate our employees taking part in these efforts to help our state and federal partners in Colorado. Fighting the destructive power of wildfire means that our Wildland Firefighters are working in extreme conditions protecting people’s lives, homes, and forestland,” said Charlie Morgan, State Forester. “We are proud of their service and look forward to their safe return home in approximately two weeks.”

If you want more information, you can visit the Mississippi Forestry Commission website

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