St. John Valley

Maine forest rangers, firefighters help contain wildfires in Montana

The Maine Forest Service has sent a 20-member crew to Montana, where the group will spend two weeks helping to contain wildfires that have been raging there for five days.

Led by Ranger Mike Daigle of Fort Kent and Ranger Brian Getchell of Machias, the crew flew to Billings, Montana, early Wednesday morning and are expected to be there for two weeks, Regional Forest Ranger Jeff Currier said Thursday afternoon.

The rest of the crew consists of 18 trained wildland firefighters who work on a call-when-needed basis. “Plus all the expenses are paid for by the requesting agency,” he said, which in this case was the U.S. Forest Service.

In addition to rugged terrain, firefighters are dealing with brutal heat. The temperature in Billings on Thursday afternoon was 98 degrees.

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