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Chino Valley fire crews battle blazes in California, Washington

Battalion Chief Mat Mayhall, fifth from left, poses with the crew he is supervising in Washington. (Courtesy photo)

Battalion Chief Mat Mayhall, fifth from left, poses with the crew he is supervising in Washington. (Courtesy photo)

PRESCOTT- Five Chino Valley firefighters are helping fight wildland fires in California and Washington.

Chino Valley Fire Department Battalion Chief Mat Mayhall is working as a strike team leader supervising engines, water tenders and other apparatus at the Chiwaukum Complex, a group of several large fires, in Washington, CVFD spokesman Rob Zazueta said. The fires, at more than 17,000 acres, have reached 35 percent containment.

"The hot, dry conditions have increased fire activity and they are daily getting reports of new fires starting," Mayhall said.

There are 782 people working the incident.

A second assignment includes Capt. David Johnson, Capt. Glenn Davidson, engineer Ben Roche and firefighter Pete Lynch. They are working fires in Northern California, from Yosemite National Park to Redding, in a special large fire truck with high-ground clearance and pumping capacity well-suited for wildland firefighting, Zazueta said. They are now on the Bald Fire, a 39,850-acre blaze with 30 percent containment, in the Lassen National Forest.

Mayhall will be back home next week, and the four-man crew's assignment ends Sunday, but CVFD may replace them with a fresh crew if it's requested.