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One day after President Trump declared the California wildfires a “major disaster,” the U.S. military said it’s preparing to deploy hundreds of active-duty soldiers with engineering specialties to combat the blazes, Fox News has learned.
Roughly 200 active-duty U.S. Army soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state will ship out in the coming days, according to two defense officials. The unit will ship out after training to combat fires this week, one official said.
The article goes on to state the following:
The soldiers are from the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion of the 2nd Infantry Division.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 6, 2018
The Latest: Active-duty soldiers to help fight Western fires https://t.co/l0jEO1UXbl
— seattlepi (@seattlepi) August 6, 2018
The Army is sending 200 active-duty soldiers to help battle wildfires in the Western U.S. More than 127 wildfires are burning in 11 Western states, taxing civilian resources. #wildfires https://t.co/flCTg0hub5
— KMVT News (@KMVTNews) August 6, 2018
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