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FIRES BURNING IN 11 WESTERN STATES

Coast Firefighters Headed Out West To Battle Wildfires

As wildfires continue to rage across nearly a dozen western states, some coast firefighters are preparing to help fight the blazes.

In Washington state, more than 90,000 acres of timber have been destroyed in eight separate fires. The blaze is threatening 2,000 homes and businesses in the area.

Two Jackson County men, Michael Krebs and Jodey Hall, are leaving for that area Sunday morning. They are both members of the Mississippi Forestry Commission of Jackson County who say they want to do all they can to help.

"I'm excited about going," Krebs said. "I'm kind of nervous, and I don't think anybody wouldn't be. It's going to be an experience that I'm looking forward to, and my partner's looking forward to it. We just can't wait to get out there and see what we can do."

Hall says he's looking forward to fighting the bigger fires and working with different people.

"It's more learning opportunities," he said.

Krebs and Hall are two of 40 firefighters in Mississippi headed to fight the wildfires. Two more coast men, Bruce Bennett of the Kiln and Mark Jamieson of Bay St. Louis, are headed out as well.

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