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    Maine Forest Ranger Wesley Hatch, left, and firefighter Brian Getchell attack a fire in Washington. As of Friday, Maine had seven forest rangers, six civilian firefighters and three trucks at the Western fires.

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    Firefighter Brian Getchell stands next to a Maine Forest Ranger Type 6 engine in Washington State, where he and other firefighters from Maine are battling wildfires.

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    Maine Forest Rangers fight out-of-state blazes every year under a nationwide agreement. Maine Forest Ranger Jeffrey Currier said the need for help is particularly high this year.

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    Maine firefighter Brian Getchell sprays water in a charred forest in Washington State. Firefighters work 16-hours shifts for as long as two weeks before returning home.

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    Maine Forest Rangers and firefighters are helping to fight fires in Washington state, Oregon and Idaho, where wildfires have burned 1,000 square miles.

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