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Utah firefighters deploy to California for assistance with wildfires

Posted at 11:58 AM, Nov 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-10 21:59:45-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Firefighters from numerous Utah fire departments are on their way to California to assist with ongoing wildfires.

According to Utah Fire Info, firefighters from the Draper, Provo, Lehi, Bluffdale, Utah County, Cedar City and Hurricane areas are going to California, and others are expected to deploy soon.

California has ordered 25 wildland engines—fire trucks built specifically for use in fighting wildfires—from the Great Basin Coordination Center, which serves Utah and Nevada, and parts of Idaho, Wyoming and Arizona. Thirteen of those wildland engines will come from agencies in Utah.

The Unified Fire Authority said it would also send "2 possibly 3 fire engines," and a strike team of 10 people out Saturday to assist in the fires.

The Salt Lake City Fire Department also said it would send out crews Sunday morning to help fight the fires: