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Thursday, June 6, 2013

North Dakota, Wyoming, Oregon, wildlandfire fighters head to New Mexico

North Dakota, Wyoming, Oregon, wildfire fighters to New Mexico to help


RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has welcomed the first of three special teams from other western states that will be helping firefighters respond to blazes around New Mexico.


The first team arrived Wednesday afternoon from Wyoming. The crew and their engines will be stationed in northeastern New Mexico for at least two weeks.

The other two teams — one from North Dakota and another from Oregon — will arrive Thursday. They will be stationed in Rio Rancho and Socorro.

Martinez says fire danger around the state is extreme and the mission of the strike teams will be to tackle any new fires to ensure they don't grow.

In all, the three teams include 38 crew members and 13 engines.

During a stop in Rio Rancho, Martinez met each of the members of the Wyoming team and thanked them for coming to New Mexico.

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