NM fire crews, helicopters headed to Washington

SANTA FE (KRQE) – More help from New Mexico is on its way to Washington to help battle the numerous wildfires that are still threatening homes there.

One of the state’s National Guard UH-60 Black Hawks and the helicopter crew is on its way to the northwest state.

The governor activated the mission.

Officials say the number of wildfires that state is dealing with is now up to 12.

More than 1,000 homes and structures are still in some danger, and the state’s largest wildfire in history – the Carlton Complex Fire – is edging toward containment lines.

The Santa Fe-based UH-60 is equipped with a Bambi Bucket and hoist and will be used for the next two weeks.

Washington will cover all costs.

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