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Tennessee firefighters sent to battle wildfires out West

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Tennessee firefighters sent to battle wildfires out West

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Firefighters from Tennessee have been deployed to the western U.S. to help battle wildfires, officials said.

Tennessee’s Division of Forestry said in a news release Thursday that 20 incident commanders, tree removers and firefighters have been sent to central New Mexico to help local fire departments fight wildfires in that region.

An additional forestry staff member has been sent to Arizona to manage equipment for a team assigned to the Bush Fire, currently the largest fire in the country, officials said.

The state forestry division’s Fire Management Unit spent the past year building capacity to send employees to out-of-state wildfires and other emergency incidents, officials said.

Read more: https://www.wjhl.com/news/regional/tennessee/tennessee-firefighters-sent-to-battle-wildfires-out-west/