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Mass. sends 20 firefighters to combat Idaho blazes

August 13, 2012
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BOSTON—The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has sent 20 state and municipal wild land firefighters to help extinguish wildfires in Idaho.

DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert made the decision to deploy the firefighters early Monday morning after receiving a request for aid from the National Interagency Coordination Center in Boise, Idaho.

Firefighters were deployed to battle a blaze that raged over more than 37,000 acres in Boise National Forest last week. The wildfire began Friday Aug. 3, due to unspecified "human causes." The fire is currently located in the southernmost district of Boise National Forest, which extends over 2.6 million acres across the north of the city.

The department has been sending specially trained and certified firefighting crews to assist other states in combating wildfires since 1985.

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