Much needed rain in the extremely drought-stricken southern part of Texas cut short a 14-day assignment for 12 wildland firefighters from the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC).
The two strike teams that were deployed to Texas at the end of August have just returned to Alabama. The crews, sent to assist the Texas Forest Service in fighting wildfires using heavy wildland fire suppression equipment, were assigned to the towns of Kingsville and Edinburg.
The returning firefighters included Adam Ball, Autauga County; Ethan Barrett, Hale County; Jamey Bozeman, Marion County; Joey Donnelly, Baldwin County; Huey Jones, Henry County; David Kelly, Tallapoosa County; Jeff Keener, DeKalb County; Bobby Matthews, Cullman County; Albert Mayo, Jefferson County; Mike Older, Covington County; Ross Presley, Baldwin County; and Ronnie Turner, Tuscaloosa County.
Two AFC firefighters who remain in Granbury, Texas, will be returning to Alabama at the end of their 14-day rotation.