Native Firefighting Crews Help Battle Blaze in Tennessee

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown December 11th, 2016 Last Updated on: December 11th, 2016

In a news report from Knoxville News Sentinel, they highlight the many Native firefighting crews from across the country that have come to Tennessee to help fight the fires that have broken out in the city of Gatlinburg and surrounding communities.

“We had a lot of Native American crews — Navajo, Apache, and others – on this fire,” said Warren Bielenberg, a spokesman at the wildfire command center. “This is because this fire hit when most of the fire crews across the country had shut down for the end of fire season. The Native American crews were the only ones still active.”

Bielenberg said among the crews in Sevier County are the Navajo Scout Type 2 Initial Attack Crew, Mescalero Apache, Fort Apache No. 1, Hopi 1, San Carlos No. 2, Warm Springs No. 1, Warm Springs No. 2 and Chief Mountain IHC. Native Americans also are staffing camp crews including those from Fort Apache, Ariz., and the Great Onyx Job Corps at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.

So proud of these firefighters, putting themselves in harms way so far away from home. Sending out thoughts and prayers for your safe return!

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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