Colorado firefighters join the fight against Pacific Northwest fires

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DENVER -- A couple dozen firefighters from Colorado are in the Pacific Northwest helping battle intense wildfires.

More than 260 wildfires have sparked up in several states over the last couple of week. Together, they’ve burned 400,000 acres of land.

“We sent as many resources as we possibly can,” said Captain Jeff Linville with Denver Fire.

Linville said Denver Fire sent 41 firefighters and one engine to help with the fires. All in all, there are a couple thousand volunteers assisting in the northwest.

“I’m a little concerned, but I also know they’re highly trained and know what they’re doing,” Linville added.

Although thousands of people are helping out, there’s still a large need for additional volunteers.

“I’m hearing they are struggling to find resources in that part of the country to combat these fires,” Linville said.

Volunteers from as far away as Australia and New Zealand flew in to assist.

On Twitter, Thornton’s Fire Department posted pictures showing some of their firefighters helping in Idaho.

The average firefighter volunteers over a 14-day stretch. Afterward they’re allowed to stay longer if they choose to.

Denver Fire says 90% of its volunteers have extended their stay.

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