100 Alaska firefighters to help in California

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Updated: 8/12 9:40 am

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Another 100 firefighters from Alaska are headed to the Lower 48 to battle wildfires.

KTVA reports five crews will depart Tuesday morning for California. These include Alaska Fire Service crews from St. Michael, Mountain Village, Selawik and Pilot Station. An Alaska Division of Forestry crew from Upper Tanana will also head south.

This is the second wave of firefighters heading south this week. Another 100 crew members flew to California on Saturday.

Low fire activity in Alaska this summer has allowed officials to send more than 400 firefighters to help out in California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Canada.


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