Posted: Thursday, August 29th 2013 at 2:27pm
Familiar face in north Georgia fights fire out west
By Derreck Booth, Fox News Radio
FRESNO, CALIF - A man who worked for the forest service office in Gainesville is in the thick of the firefighting effort around and in Yosemite National Park in California.
Larry Luckett is working for the U.S. Forest Service as Operations Branch Leader of the Overhead Blue Team, according to Mitch Cohen, Interpretive Services and Web Manager with Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.
You may have heard Luckett on Fox News, giving updates to reporter Jessica Rosenthal. He's handling the northern edge of the fire fight, which has been very active.
"We have a plane in the air that works with the air resources and the ground resources, and he guides us as to what needs to be done. He advises us where the fire is and suggests depression efforts for it," Luckett told Rosenthal Thursday.
Luckett of Cleveland retired from his position here a couple of years ago, according to Cohen.
During his time locally, Luckett served as Recreation Staff Officer and District Ranger at the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.
Cohen said it's not uncommon for retired forest service personnel to get back into action on a temporary basis.
Luckett isn't alone when is come to north Georgians fighting the fire out west.
Claude Gilleland of Cleveland is helping with the efforts. He's the region eight radio manager for the forest service with an office in Gainesville. Gilleland is also part of the Blue team and in charge of communications out west.
Reached by e-mail, Gilleland said Lea Wofford, a retired forest service employee from Gilmer County was working as Operations Section Chief on the Yosemite fire. Wofford retired from the forest service regional office in Atlanta, according to Gilleland.
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