08/22/2013 02:44 EDT | Updated 10/22/2013 05:12 EDT

Alberta Firefighters Head To U.S. To Fight Wildfires In Idaho, Montana, Oregon


EDMONTON - Alberta is sending teams of experienced firefighters to the U.S. to help fight raging wildfires burning in three states.

The province says it is sending a total of 59 firefighters to Montana, Oregon and Idaho.

They include crews that rappel out of helicopters and others who are trained to attack fires as soon as they break out.

The province has an agreement with these states to share firefighters during emergencies.

The wildfire threat in Alberta now ranges from low to moderate.

The fires burning in these states have forced the evacuation of more than 1,250 homes.

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