WEATHERFORD, OK (WDAM) - The Mississippi Forestry Commission is sending two bulldozer crews and a strike team leader to help subdue wildfires raging in Oklahoma.
Five MFC Wildland Firefighters, along with their equipment, should arrive in Western Oklahoma sometime Tuesday evening.
The Mississippi firefighters will team with other crews from state and federal agencies to battle the "Rhea" wildfire, which has torched around 245,000 acres to this point. According to the Oklahoma Forestry Services, the wildfire is about 3 percent contained.
"Fighting the destructive power of wildfire means that our Wildland Firefighters are working in extreme conditions protecting people's lives, homes, and forestland," said Charlie Morgan, State Forester. "We are proud of their service and look forward to their safe return home in approximately two weeks."
The MFC says Wildland Firefighters "fight fire with fire" by creating a fire line around the perimeter of the blaze and then lighting a controlled burn on the inner edge of the line to deprive the flames of the dry vegetation they need to spread.
But, the job is not over once the fire is contained. The team must monitor the wildfire to make sure no hot embers cross the fire line, creating a new threat to surrounding areas.