Forestry Firefighters Return From Montana Fire

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The last of the 23 Type 2 Emergency Firefighting crews returned from 14 days of fighting fire in the Lower 48.

On Sunday, September 24th, a jet containing around 80 personnel from the Emergency Firefighter and Department of Forestry firefighting crews landed at Ft. Wainwright.

The firefighters spent the last fortnight in Eureka, Montana providing fire suppression for the lightning caused Caribou Fire that has currently burned over 24,000 acres.

One of the returning crews is based in Fairbanks, with the remainder based in Alaska villages.

Squad Leader for the Marshall Alaska Fire Crew, Richard Boots comments on observations he made while protecting Amish residences.

"Yes, we did save some Amish people's homes. And it was nice to meet different people out there. Different ways of their...how they live. Some of them are still running around in wagons and horses, and some of them are just getting into more modern cars trucks, stuff like that."