Kentucky firefighters helping with Alaskan wildfires

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Nearly two dozen Kentucky Division of Forestry firefighters are on their way to Alaska.

The 16 full-time and five seasonal firefighters will leave from Knoxville, Tennessee, to help with seven large fires burning in Alaska. The firefighters volunteer for the duty, take leave from their regular duties and join the United States Forest Service for a 14-day assignment.

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The firefighters will join with federal personnel from the Daniel Boone National Forest, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, Great Onyx Job Corps and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area to form two crews.

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