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Arizona firefighters ordered to help with California wildfires

Local departments assisting effort

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management has deployed nearly 150 firefighters from throughout the state to help fight several deadly blazes currently ripping through California.

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The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management has deployed nearly 150 firefighters from throughout the state to help fight several deadly blazes currently ripping through California.

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM) has deployed nearly 150 firefighters and 42 fire engines to California to help with wildfire suppression efforts.

Most of the Arizona crews arrived in the last couple of days in Southern California, according to a news release.

Assignments vary from wildfire suppression, acting as backfill for local fire departments, or staging for possible new fire starts. Several crews have already been assigned to the 91,000-acre Woolsey Fire burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Firefighters are on a minimum 14-day assignment.

In addition to these personnel, the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) has sent seven wildland team personnel of their own to help out with the fires.

“We wish them safe travels, a safe assignment and a safe return home,” according to a CAFMA Facebook post.