Wildland firefighters deploy to Washington and Idaho

The Mississippi Forestry Commission has deployed one Heavy Equipment Boss to Washington and one Ground Support Unit Leader Trainee to Idaho.

The two individuals will assist state and federal partners with wildfire suppression efforts, and their names will be released upon their safe return home.

“We appreciate our employees taking part in these efforts to help our state and federal partners,” 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. We are proud of their service and look forward to their safe return home in approximately two weeks.”

According to reports, as of August, 3rd, 2018, the Sharps wildfire in Idaho has grown to over 63,000 acres and is 43 percent contained.  At the time of the news release, the individual traveling to Washington was not yet assigned to a specific wildfire incident.