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WV firefighters return from battling wildfire in Paradise Valley, MT

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Crews of firefighters from around West Virginia have been out west helping to battle wildfires.

On Tuesday, 15 firefighters from Charleston and another five from Pennsylvania returned home after 14 days in Paradise Valley, Montana.

The firefighters are now on mandatory 48-hour rest, but said they could be sent out to battle other wildfires if more manpower is necessary.

"It was extremely tough. We were working in, you know, anywhere from 7,000 to 9,000 foot in elevation which, were not used to here. And it was extremely steep which were used to, but we weren't used to the rocks and things. It was pretty rough terrain, very rocky and very steep," said Jeremy Jones, a fire specialist with the West Virginia Division of Forestry.

When they left Montana two days ago, the Paradise Valley fire was 11,500 acres and was 45 percent contained.

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