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WV forestry crew dispatched to help fight California wildfires

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A 20-person wild land firefighting crew left Charleston this week to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in northern California.

Sixteen West Virginia Division of Forestry staff members and four specially trained volunteer firefighters make up the crew, which will serve a 14-day tour of duty.

The crew drove from Charleston to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Monday,Aug. 4, and is scheduled to fly from Harrisburg to California Tuesday.

Forestry officials said it is yet to be determined to which fire the crew will be assigned.

Randy Dye, director/state forester said, “We have an excellent crew and we are proud to send them to California to represent West Virginia.”

Updates from the crew, when available, will be posted on the Division of Forestry’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry, and its Twitter account, @WVForestry.