The US military will provide 200 active duty Army troops to help fight wildfires. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise announced Monday the soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will begin training Wednesday and could be ready as soon as Sunday.
It’s the first time in nine years that active duty troops have been called on to help with fire efforts. New, large fires across the West have stretched resources unusually thin.
Ken Frederick, a spokesman with the fire center, says fire managers are even looking overseas for help.