FARMINGTON — Patty Cormier, a district forester with the Maine Forest Service, is part of a 20-member crew from Maine and New Hampshire that were scheduled to leave Wednesday, Aug. 1, to fight wildfires in the western United States.
“An engine crew left Monday from Augusta to drive out to California, work for 14 days, then leave the truck and fly home. That crew has two rangers, one is Mark Rousseau from Phillips, and two Lewiston firefighters. They are headed to the Carr fire in California. A new crew will then fly out there and work on the truck,” Cormier said in an email Tuesday.
She said three people from Maine are in her group.
“We are waiting orders. We won’t know where we are going until we get the orders, but are pretty sure it will be for California. Things are incredibly bad out there!” she said.