Eagle firefighters leave for Florida fire | VailDaily.com

Eagle firefighters leave for Florida fire

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE ” Three Greater Eagle Fire Protection District firefighters and a truck left at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to fight a Florida fire, Chief Jon Asper said.

For six years, the department has fought fires outside its jurisdiction in places such as Montana, Wyoming and most recently in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, Asper said.

During large fires, local resources tire and reinforcements are needed from other departments, Asper said.

The Florida fire, called the Bugaboo Scrub fire, has burned more than 31,000 acres since it began Saturday and forced road closures in both Georgia and Florida. Some 200 homes in northern Florida were evacuated, according to Disaster News Network’s Web site.

It will take the local firefighters two to three days to get to the fire and they may be gone as long as two weeks.

The Greater Eagle Fire Protection District got a call from its regional dispatch center asking whether it could commit a crew and a “brush truck,” or a fire truck, Tuesday afternoon. The firefighters left shortly after, Asper said.

The assignments are a good opportunities for training, he said.

“We deem it as a great honor to go on resource assignments,” Asper said.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

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