Kentucky fire crews head out west to fight wildfires

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Fire crews in the Pacific Northwest are getting a little help from Kentucky fire crews.

Crews are in Oregon now, stationed in the mountains of the Ochoco National Forest.

"They are working out of that camp to provide assistance to put out those fires," said Paul Finke with the U.S. Forest Service.

Finke's group is made up of 100 people from Kentucky and Virginia, adding an extra hand for local crews to put out multiple fires in the region, including fires started by lightning just Tuesday night.

As of Wednesday, his group is on day two, of a 14-day assignment.

Officials say the fires are burning with an intensity and size that's unusual for this time of year. Which could mean multiple trips out west.

"Some of these same people can run around after a few days home and come right back out," said Finke.

Oregon and Washington have declared states of emergency because of the fires.

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