Created: 08/06/2014 7:45 AM
By: The Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Nearly 100 New Mexico firefighters have been assigned to help battle blazes in other western states.
The New Mexico State Forestry Division says the firefighters along with engines and a 20-person hand crew made up of military veterans are being dispatched this week to California, Oregon, Utah, Nevada and Washington.
State Forestry Resource Protection Bureau Chief Donald Griego says New Mexico's fire season was relatively brief and not as severe as in years past, but other states are now seeing an increase in fire danger.
Griego says the assignments will give the New Mexico crews more experience.
Federal fire managers say large blazes in a handful of western states have charred more than 756 square miles.
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