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When wildfires erupt, Malheur County farmworkers shift to fire team duty

Snake River Valley crew No. 14 spent a few weeks this summer fighting wildfires in Alaska. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

VALE – For over 50 years, farmworkers in the Treasure Valley have moonlighted as firefighters. 

They’ve done so as part of the BLM’s Snake River Valley Fire Crew. 

The program was born in Vale in 1964 after a particularly rough fire . . .

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