As fire activity increases in the western United States, firefighters from around the country are helping the wildland firefighting effort. The Minnesota Incident Command System (MNICS) sent two additional 20-person initial attack wildland firefighting crews to Boise, Idaho.
The two Minnesota crews left the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center (MIFC) in Grand Rapids on July 26 and are now in Idaho. The crews are at the Boise Staging Area waiting for an assignment to a fire per the National Interagency Fire Center.
Minnesota crews are interagency groups of trained wildland firefighters. Members are from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the US Forest Service (USFS) Superior and Chippewa National forests, Voyageurs’ National Park, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Minnesota Agency, Grand Portage, and Fond du Lac.
The crews will be on assignment for approximately two weeks. Minnesota also has two crews working on wildland fires in Washington.
Minnesota is also supporting firefighting efforts with personnel and equipment in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin.