Alabama Forestry Commission Firefighters Return to Alabama
After battling wildfires out West for 14 days, eight Alabama Forestry Commission wildland firefighters returned to Alabama on Thursday. They were part of a 20-man wildfire suppression hand crew deployed to the Carlton Complex in Washington State, on a request from the Forest Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture. The crew members from the AFC included Keith Niedermeier and Shane Woodham of Cherokee County. Additionally, seven other AFC firefighters recently returned home after assisting with Western wildfire details, including Derrick Heckman of St. Clair County.