- Specially trained Wisconsin firefighters set out to Colorado Sunday to help battle a wildfire that's burned about 9,000 acres so far. On Sunday morning, those heading out gathered at the Wisconsin Interagency Coordination center in Rhinelander.
A 20-person crew of wildland firefighters will be helping with the Lake Christine Fire in Eagle County, Colorado. The crew is made up of forest service firefighters, state of Wisconsin DNR Firefighters, and tribal firefighters as well.
Before leaving, the crew members were also briefed on the area they were headed to.
"They're going to an area that some of them haven't been before. It's going to be hot, it's going to dry, there's going to be high elevation," said U.S. Forestry Public Information Officer Alan Barbian. "The fire behavior is a little different, of course, than it is here in Wisconsin. So they need to learn what they're getting themselves into."
Park Falls Forest Service member Shane Staudenmaier has helped with wildfires out west before. He says it's nice to help people in other parts of the country.
"Usually people are really receptive of people trying to help out and save their homes, so it's pretty neat to see the locals and their appreciation for us being there," said Staudenmaier.
The crew will spend two weeks fighting the forest fire in Coloardo. The U.S. Forest Service believes more crews will likely be sent to assist throughout the fire season.