Kentucky Firefighters To Help Battle Fires In Northwest

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Fourteen full-time and five seasonal Kentucky Division of Forestry firefighters are leaving today to assist in fighting wildfires in Idaho. An additional forestry employee left yesterday to assist with information and communications on a large fire in Oregon.

The US Forest Service requested assistance from the Kentucky Division of Forestry yesterday. The Kentucky firefighters are expected to be on the fire lines in Idaho for up to 14 days, but may return sooner if wildfire conditions improve.

The firefighters will be on personal leave from their state jobs. Their salaries, both while fighting the fires and during additional travel days, as well as their travel expenses will be paid for by the U-S Forest Service.

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