Alaska-based firefighters head south

The Associated PressJuly 17, 2014 

— More than 100 firefighters and other personnel from Alaska are headed south to help battle wildfires in the western United States.

Officials say rains have diminished the threat of wildfires in Alaska this summer, allowing resources to be sent to the Lower 48.

The Gannett Glacier and the White Mountain type two initial attack crews will head to Washington state.

Officials say crew members and support personnel from the state Division of Forestry and the Alaska Fire Service will head to Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Oregon and California to fight wildfires.

A hotshot crew on assignment in Canada's Northwest Territories is expected to return to Alaska next week.

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