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Pagosa firefighters continue to battle Texas blazes

Three Pagosa Fire Protection District firefighters remain in West Texas, battling the Trans-Pecos Complex fires.

David Hartman, engine boss, Scott Calderwood and Toby Brookens took a type 3 engine to Texas on April 16 to help with blazes plaguing the state — originally for a two-week stint.

The PFPD board voted Tuesday night, however, to allow the deployment to again be extended if necessary, this time until June 3, said PFPD Chief Ron Thompson.

Should the deployment be extended into June, Thompson said one of the crew members would be relieved and replaced for personal reasons.

The crew is currently working under the San Angelo Initial Attack at the Trans-Pecos Complex, Thompson said.

As of Wednesday morning, the Texas Forest Service was reportedly working on nine major fires spanning 470,190 acres in the state.

The PFPD will be reimbursed for personnel time and equipment costs for the deployment through a cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and will not lose any money in the effort, Thompson previously said.

randi@pagosasun.com

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