Local & Regional
Wed August 7, 2013
Firefighters from Oklahoma Deploy to Oregon
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Officials say 100 firefighters from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas are in Oregon to fight wildfires in the Pacific Northwest.
The Arkansas Forestry Commission said Tuesday that moist and relatively cool conditions in the Southwest have diminished the fire danger in the region. That enabled the firefighters to be free to help out in the Northwest.
Officials say the firefighters left from Fort Smith on July 24 to begin the two-week mission. They're being housed in tents at Redmond, Ore., and sent as needed to wildfire sites.
Agencies that sent firefighters include the Arkansas Forestry Commission, U.S. Forest Service and other agencies from Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Also sending firefighters are the Comanche Nation, Cherokee Nation, Choctaw Nation, Iowa Nation, Osage Nation, and the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas.