Bitterroot Firefighters Help with Superstorm Sandy Cleanup
Over 100 Northern Region US Forest Service personnel are headed to the East Coast to help with cleanup following Superstorm Sandy.
Of those, a 20-person crew of specially trained sawyers from the Bitterroot and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests will be making quick work of clearing fallen trees from homes and power lines. Those trees have prevented restoration of power to hundreds of thousands of homes in the aftermath of Sandy.
Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said the team will be on duty for two weeks, at the request of FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency). He said the crews were scheduled on flights Sunday and Monday (November 4 and 5) from Missoula to Pennsylvania for staging into New York.
McKay said Bitterroot National Forest crews have previously helped in national situations such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the space shuttle Columbia accident recovery in 2003.