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Geneseo Man Helps Battle Blaze

A wildland fire crew sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources returned recently from a two-week deployment battling the Labrador Fire in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in southwest Oregon.  The crew included nine I-D-N-R staff, four staff from the Shawnee National Forest, four local community firefighters, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee, a city forester from Homewood, and a natural resources management contractor from Geneseo.  Matt Schramm of Geneseo’s Thunder Paws Prescribed Fire Management was a member of the Initial Attack Crew who deployed to the Labrador Fire in Oregon.  The Illinois crew joined other crews from Missouri, Indiana and Ohio in departing for Salt Lake City on July 22nd.  When concerns of lightning-sparked fires in Utah and Idaho did not materialize, the Illinois crew was dispatched to Oregon.  From a base in Selma, Oregon, the Illinois crew spent nine days preparing fire lines.

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