Twenty U.S. Forest Service firefighters, based in Montgomery, left Monday to help battle wildfires in Virginia.
Crews will assist firefighters at Shenandoah National Park.
Firefighters are in short supply all over the country. They are only allowed to work 14 days before they're required to rest.
"A lot of our fire season here in the south is dwindled down," said Iola Hallock, a member of the forest service. "We're still getting some fires but so it's freed up a little bit of the resources so it's good to be able to pitch in and help."
This is the first division from Alabama to be called to battle wildfires outside of the state this season.
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