MS Forestry Commission deploys firefighter to wildfire in Colorado

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) deployed one of their Wildland Firefighting Heavy Equipment Boss to Colorado. This individual will assist state and federal partners with the Spring Creek Wild Fire in southern Colorado.

The rapidly growing Spring Creek Wildfire is estimated to have burned over 41,000 acres, according to reports released on June 30, 2018. The Spring Creek Wildfire is currently spreading closer to La Veta, Colorado, forcing evacuations and road closings.

"We appreciate our employees taking part in these efforts to help our state and federal partners in Colorado. 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 his service and look forward to his safe return home in approximately two weeks."

The firefighter is expected to return to Mississippi in approximately two weeks.

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