Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Army Grabs a Hose to Help Fight West's Fires

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Army Grabs a Hose to Help Fight West's Fires

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With no end to the hot, dry weather in sight, US officials have called out the military to help contain blazes that are charring thousands of acres from Washington to Texas.

More than 70 fires burned across parts of 10 Western states Wednesday, racing through timber, grass, and brush.

About half of the smaller fires had no crews on hand at all. In some cases, calls for help have been delayed for days because resources have been devoted to major fires.

"Here we are approaching the end of July, and already resources are thin," says Amy Teegarden, a Forest Service spokeswoman in Helena, Mont. "We're just now getting into what is normally the busy fire season."

In hopes of gaining ground on the fires, Army soldiers will attend crash courses in firefighting techniques organized by the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

Center spokeswoman Lorraine Buck said the soldiers should be ready to join fire lines next week.

The last time the Army was called out to battle blazes was in the summer of 1996. Fires that year had burned 3 million acres by July 25; so far this year, fires have burned 2. …

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