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‘We band together to help each other’: Utah firefighters helping fight California wildfires

Posted at 9:50 PM, Aug 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-06 00:18:16-04

MIDVALE, Utah -- Dozens of Utah firefighters are in California helping battle massive wildfires.

Saturday marked day six for the team, Matthew McFarland with Unified Fire said.

“We are working on the Elk Horn Fire it’s about 33 thousand acres,” he said.

It’s different terrain, weather patterns and a different type of fuel, but the team is adapting, McFarland said.

“When the opportunity arises for us to put that training to work and to aid a nearby state or anybody for that matter, we’re excited to put that skill set into action,” he said.

It’s about banding together when times are tough, McFarland said.

“When it comes to Utah, if we take our turn, if we have a serious incident they will come to us and they will support us,” he said.

The team is being paid by California and Federal funds, McFarland said. The stations back in Utah are still full staffed.