The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says more than two dozen of its firefighters are headed west to help contain wildfires.

"Our staff has been highly trained to handle situations like this and are ready to go whenever and wherever they’re needed," Bill O’Neill, chief of the DNR’s Forest Resources Division, said Tuesday.

The DNR said 20 employees are in Medford, Ore., to help suppress a 20-acre wildfire. Another 11 are on hand serving in leadership positions.

The agency says there are nine large fires burning out of control as of Tuesday, with 129 new fires erupting since Aug. 18.

"With low fire danger in Michigan, we are in a position to assist these other agencies today," O'Neill said.