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    Military Now Has More Than 400 Troops Aiding Maui After Deadly Wildfires Devastated Island

    Military Now Has More Than 400 Troops Aiding Maui After Deadly Wildfires Devastated Island

    The military has stood up a task and greatly expanded its involvement to more than 400 service members as it continues to respond to the deadly and record-breaking wildfires on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

    The Pentagon is now “executing six approved mission assignments from FEMA” that include moving people, cargo and supplies to the island; housing first responders; and helping with aerial firefighting, Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh told reporters at a press conference Tuesday.

    Additionally, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin “has designated National Guard Brig. Gen. Stephen Logan as the dual-status commander of the Task Force 50 [that] will synchronize all support to operations,” Singh added.

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    The expanded military role comes as the situation on the island only continues to grow more dire. President Joe Biden said in a social media post Tuesday that the wildfire death toll had grown to 99 people since last Tuesday — “the deadliest wildfire in a century,” he wrote.

    The town of Lahaina was reduced to an ashen, barren landscape after wildfires swept down from the nearby mountains to the seaside location on Aug. 8. As the wildfires reached the town, reports emerged of people jumping into the ocean in order to avoid the flames in what was once a popular tourist destination.

    Singh said that the Hawaii…

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