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Utah firefighters return from California

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Posted at 10:18 PM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-06 23:04:35-04

Utah firefighters have returned home after a grueling 25 days in California.

The firefighters from multiple agencies were sent to help battle various wildfires around the state.

They were initially scheduled for 14 days, but their time there was extended for an extra week – plus a total of four days spent traveling there and back.

"People of California were so friendly, so generous and so supportive, and I really appreciate their gratitude,” Utah County Fire Capt. Joey Wilkinson said.

Some are still on their way back or are going through brief "rehab" and "demobilization."

It's common for Utah’s firefighters to be sent over state lines.

Saturday morning, another group of firefighters from Utah County went to Montana to help fight a large wildfire near Bozeman.

They say there is a possibility they could be sent somewhere else before the end of the year.