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40 Kentucky Firefighters Head West To Fight Wildfires

Reported by: Aaron Adelson
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Updated: 7/24/2013 7:46 pm
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40 Kentucky firefighters left Wednesday morning for Utah.  They're going to fight wildfires out west. 

The firefighters came from different agencies across Kentucky, and will help the U.S. Forest service. 

They volunteered to go fight wildfires.

"We're as good as the state's going to come up with.  I feel really confident in the crew.  I've got a great bunch of guys, and we'll do an excellent job," said Crew Boss Dwayne Anderson, from the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

The firemen say they enjoy the challenge. 

A U.S. Forest Service spokesperson says the key to fighting a wildfire is to eliminate any fuels.  They use special fire rakes to cut a line on the surface, and chain saws to cut down any thing that might burn.

It's dangerous. 

Last month in the Yarnell, Arizona wildfire 19 firefighters died.

"I would hope that each and every guy on the crew takes that into consideration as we go," said Anderson.

It'll be their first trip since the firefighters died.  It's not easy to leave home, and go into a wildfire.

"You compartmentalize everything.  You talk to your kids, your wife, your family at home, and you let them know that you're going to do the best that you can, and you'll be back in two weeks, and you really can't worry about it," said Anderson.

He says they're happy to help.  He also says it's neat to see other parts of the country. 

The firefighters aren't sure exactly where they're going.  Once they arrive in Utah, the Forest Service could send them to a neighboring state.
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