GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- The Lewis and Clark and Helena national forests plan to share fire management personnel to improve efficiency.

Lewis and Clark National Forest Supervisor Spike Thompson said no employees will lose their jobs, and that the agencies are just formalizing the sharing of resources. The two forests already share employees in some areas, such as surveying.

Under the change in organization, the Forest Service will hire someone to lead the fire units in both forests. The new fire management officer will be based with one of the forests, while a deputy fire manager will be hired and stationed with the other forest.

The Lewis and Clark National Forest is based in Great Falls, while the Helena national forest is based in Helena.

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