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DEC firefighters welcomed home after two weeks battling Montana wildfires

Part of the New York State wildland firefighting crew, led by Crew Boss David Kallen of Northville, right, arrive at Albany International Airport on Friday after fighting forest fires in Montana the past two weeks.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Part of the New York State wildland firefighting crew, led by Crew Boss David Kallen of Northville, right, arrive at Albany International Airport on Friday after fighting forest fires in Montana the past two weeks.
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As the West Garceau fire continued to eat up more than 9,000 acres of Montana reservation, David Kallen and his crew had to remember the tireless work they were putting in was having an effect. Wildfires out West are not easy to contain, let alone squelch. “They have a lot of large fires and very short resources, which is one of the reasons why we’re called,” said Kallen, the crew boss of a 20-person firefighting ...

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