10:29am

Tue June 21, 2011
The Commonwealth

State Sends 2nd Round of Firefighters South

FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Division of Forestry is sending additional personnel and equipment to assist with the current wildfire emergency in the south. Eleven division employees, comprising an engine strike team will report to Waycross, Ga. on Tuesday. The engine strike team consists of five 4-wheel drive pickup trucks with 200-gallon water tanks and foam capabilities, 10 firefighters and a strike team leader. The crews are being sent in addition to 11 Kentucky Division of Forestry firefighters who reported to Florida last week.

The Georgia Forestry Commission requested the additional assistance from KDF through the Southeastern Interstate Forest Fire Protection Compact. Crews will be assigned to the Sweat Farm Again Fire that started June 15 and has burned in excess of 2,000 acres of state and private land. At the time of the request, the fire was not contained and was threatening 160 homes in the community with a population of 500.

Crews sent to Florida are currently assisting with the Espanola Fire – a 5,000-acre fire in Flagler County.

Deployments could last up to two weeks.