Four wildland firefighter crews headed south today to help battle wildfires in the lower 48.
All the firefighters that left on their 14-day assignment were Type-2 crews, along with the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Nanook fire crew.
The other firefighter crews are from upper Kalskag, Selawik, and Noorvik.
The jet will be taking the crew to Missoula, Montana where they will be given formal fire assignments.
Officials in Missoula have reported that they have 12 new fires, and 4 large uncontained fires.
Crew boss trainee, Joseph Arey says he hopes the crew will be safe on their trip.
"It'll be a concern everyday so will be looking out for everyday on the guys and make sure that they stay safe and hydrated and nutritional and it will be a challenge everyday but looking forward to it. Being a part of a group of guys and getting the comradery of it and going to places we've never been before."