Kentucky Firefighters Fly to Minnesota to Help Put Out Wildfire

July 21, 2006 12:48 PM EDT

Firefighters Leave to Help Fight Wildfires


Kentucky firefighters left from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington to help fight a massive wildfire in Minnesota. Elizabeth Dorsett was at the airport and reports.

Fire crews from the London area, 2 crews of 20, left Bluegrass Airport this morning between 6:00 and 11:00 am. They'll be traveling to the "Turtle Lake fire" on the Superior National Forest in Minnesota.

Today will be the sixth day that firefighters have been fighting the blaze. It's already burned 34 square miles or more than 15-hundred acres in the Superior National Forest.

Firefighters from all over the country are responding. Helicopters from Canada have even been brought it to help. These choppers drop ping-pong sized chemicals that help put out the blaze once they hit the ground.

Airplanes have also been busy fighting the blaze, which is the largest fire in the area since 1999, when a lightning strike ignited hundreds of acres.

Officials say lightning is believed to be the cause of this fire.