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Ohio Firefighters Sent To Help Battle California, Oregon Wildfires

A firefighter watches a helicopter fight a wildfire in Califonia.
Staff Sgt. Eddie Siguenza/U.S. Army National Guard
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A member of the Guam Army National Guard, in the Jerusalem Fire in Lake County, California, watches a Department of Forestry and Fire Protection aircraft drop fire retardant Aug. 12, 2015 on a hilltop east of Clearlake, California.

Experts are calling this one of the worst wildfire seasons in history in northern California and Oregon – and Ohio is doing its part to help.

  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has sent about 60 firefighters to help battle the flames so far this year, the most recent is a 20-person crew. As Cotton Randall with the division of forestry explains, it’s important for the states to work together and do their part.

“In times like this they really need to pull resources from anywhere they are available and everybody’s willing to help out,” said Randall.

Randall adds that this provides a good learning experience for Ohio’s firefighters if any similar situation breaks out here.

The western fires, fueled by horrible drought conditions, have scorched hundreds of square miles and forced many to evacuate their homes.