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As hundreds of thousands of acres burn across much of the Northwest U.S., fire fighters are stretched to capacity and reinforcements are coming from as far away as Australia and New Zealand to help in the never-ending battle. Two hundred soldiers from the 17th Field Artillery Brigade based out of Fort Lewis, Wash., have been deployed to assist with firefighting efforts in Washington State. Five wildland fire suppression crews and one CL-415 scooper group from Ontario, Canada and airtanker groups from both Saskatchewan and Alberta are lending their firefighting expertise to fire suppression efforts in the Northern Rockies as more than 40,000 acres burned in that area alone.

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