BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — More than 80 Indiana firefighters have helped other states fight one of the worst years on record for wildfires.
Maggie Schuetter of the Indiana Interagency Coordination Center in Tell City tells The Herald-Times that 82 Indiana firefighters have clocked more than 2,100 personnel days battling fires this year.
Schuetter says firefighters helped with blazes in Alaska, California and in Arizona.
The firefighters come from different state and federal agencies. Those include the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the state of Indiana.
Civilian firefighters who are often retired Forest Service personnel also have gone to help.
All of the Indiana firefighters are home, but they might not have much down time. The state's fall fire season is just starting.
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