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Forest Service employees ready for deploymentSubmitted: 06/13/2013

Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com


RHINELANDER - Fires destroyed nearly four hundred homes near Colorado Springs.

Emergency workers there have evacuated thousands of people in its path.

It's one of four fires burning in Colorado right now.

Crews here in Wisconsin are gearing up to help out in at a moment's notice.

Emergency crews from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest haven't been deployed to Colorado just yet.

But it's almost certain that Forest Service employees will become firefighters somewhere before the summer is over.

"In my 30 years of being in the fire business, I cannot think of any year where the Forest Service was not involved in either fire or some other kind of disaster in the country," says Forest Service Fire Management Officer Jim Grant.

A group of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest workers could be called to duty in Colorado or somewhere else soon.

They'll be ready within the next couple of days.

"Our crews are on the board, will be by this weekend. We'll have a crew on the board, a 20-person crew, ready to respond to any national incident outside of Wisconsin as well as in Wisconsin," says Grant.

Forest Service employees most recently helped with the Hurricane Sandy disaster on the East Coast.

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