The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, requested a Department of Defense activation of approximately 200 active-duty U.S. Army Soldiers to assist with wildfire suppression efforts.
The National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group at NIFC requested the personnel, along with command and support staff, from the DoD. After receiving training, the soldiers will serve as hand crews, assisting with wildfire suppression efforts in Northern California. Two similar requests were granted last year to support the August Complex and Creek wildfires in California.
The Soldiers will be trained over the next week at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) near Tacoma, Washington and on the fireline to provide support in early September in Northern California.
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