New York state is sending another firefighting crew to help battle wildfires on the West Coast, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday, the day another New York team returned from fighting the 25,000-acre Stouts Creek fire in Oregon.
The units include forest rangers, state employees and volunteers who work with firefighters and rangers from around the country to contain and extinguish wildfires in western states.
More than 1,000 firefighters in all responded to the Stouts Creek fire, which was sparked by a lawn mower on July 30.
New York has sent fire crews to fight western wild fires since 1979. Typically one or two teams head west each year. The federal government pays for the deployments, which Cuomo’s office says helps train participants to fight local wildfires.