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Georgia Forestry firefighters return after fighting nationwide fires

The Georgia Forestry Commission has been sending food, medical resources, and firefighters to North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky. The Georgia Forestry Commission has been sending food, medical resources, and firefighters to North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky.
The Dougherty County Forestry Unit just returned to South Georgia on Thursday after fighting fires in California for 14 days. The Dougherty County Forestry Unit just returned to South Georgia on Thursday after fighting fires in California for 14 days.
The fiery season is expected to last until October. The fiery season is expected to last until October.
Chief Forest Ranger Tom Lambert Chief Forest Ranger Tom Lambert
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Wildfires are rampant out west and crews are seeking assistance right here in Georgia. About 60 Georgia Forestry Commission rangers are currently deployed.

"Now you've got high fire activity in Washington, Oregon,  Idaho, and California," said Chief Forest Ranger Tom Lambert.

Clay Ferguson is one of the members of the Dougherty County Forestry Unit. The crew just returned to South Georgia on Thursday after fighting fires in California for 14 days.

"At this time we still have some resources out there," said Lambert. 

During the month of August, the Georgia Forestry Commission has been sending food, medical resources, and firefighters to North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky.

"Resources which are support, such as communication, a vital part of being able to work the fire and communicate with one another," said Lambert.

Lambert himself just came back three weeks ago from fighting two fires in Alaska for 21 days. 

"I went in as Supply. Which basically I seen to all the needs as far as what was needed on the fire line," said Lambert. "It looks like it's going to be quite a busy fire season out West."

Lambert said his unit is standing by to answer the call. 

Lambert anticipates the fiery season lasting until October.

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