Sep 6, 2011 6:09 PM by Andy Koen

Local firefighters helping fight Oklahoma wild fire

Firefighters from Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs are in Oklahoma helping crews there contain the Ferguson Fire. The wild land fire has charred 55 square miles of land in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge.

A team of seven firefighters and two brush trucks from the Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs Fire Departments left this week to help.

The team members are all specifically trained for wild land fire operations and task force leader Justin Meador says they're always happy to help.

"We take a lot of pride in Colorado Springs of being able to not only help others, but have attained enough training so that we can be very helpful in all kinds of instances," Meador said.

It won't cost our our community any money to send the firefighters to help. The federal government picks up the check through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other disaster funds.


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