Maryland Firefighters Deployed to California to Assist in Fighting Wildfires

September 11, 2019

Maryland has assembled and mobilized a crew of wildland firefighters to help battle ongoing wildfires in northern California as part of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. It’s the first out-of-state deployment for a Maryland crew this season.

The 20-person crew assembled this weekend at the Madonna Ranger Station in Harford County and is departing from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, today along with four other crews from the Mid-Atlantic region. The crews will receive their assignments upon arrival at a staging area in Redding, Calif.

The crew, MDS1, consists of 15 representatives from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources – nine from the Maryland Forest Service, four from the Maryland Park Service (including one retired employee) and two from the Wildlife and Heritage Service. Additionally, there are four crew members from volunteer fire companies, and one is a former Maryland Conservation Corps member.

The department is also sending an employee this week to serve as a division supervisor at the Lime Fire in Klamath National Forest in northern California.

Maryland has participated in mobilizing certified, equipped, and fully-trained wildland firefighters since 1974.

2 Responses to Maryland Firefighters Deployed to California to Assist in Fighting Wildfires

  1. ridge_boy on September 11, 2019 at 6:54 am

    As a former wildfire fire fighter and controlled burn fire fighter; I can assure you that if these guys bust their arse there wont be any fat people coming back from that trip :) I worked all over Northern Cali, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Going from the flatland here to that area that they will be cutting fire line and mopping up in is going to whip them kids into serious shape! 50lb bladder bag on the back snuffing out hot spots. 12 on 12 off. I did it for 5 yrs and had a blast doing it. Wood smoke = the smell of money.

  2. Jennifer Mullen Nathe on September 13, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Having been born and raised in St. Marys County, Maryland and now living in Northern California, I for one WELCOME YOU GUYS WITH OPEN ARMS!!! Thank you for doing what you do! Be safe and then some, okay?