HARTFORD — The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection will send a 20-person fire crew to Montana to help the U.S. Forest Service fight wildfires on Thursday.
The crew is a part of more than 30,000 trained firefighters from across the nation that has responded to burning forests in the western states and Alaska, where President Barack Obama is now on his second day of a trip to highlight climate change.
This is the second crew the department sent to help with wildfires since Aug.4. The state is a part of the reciprocal aid program under the U.S. Forest Service. The crew consists of seven staff members and 13 local firefighters. They will leave from the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire.
About 8 million acres of forest were affected by brush fire, officials said. The brush fire rapidly exploded in Clarkston on Friday at about 11 a.m. By 4 p.m. the fire burned about 700 acres of forest.
American forests play a crucial role in mitigating climate change. Obama had pledged to take new approaches to climate change. The trip was to push his agenda to address carbon pollution by reducing carbon emissions by 12 percent.