The firefighters will be divided into nine strike teams to help in one of the worst outbreaks of fire in California history.
Washington state support for California firefighters expanded Friday with the dispatch of 185 crew members and 50 fire engines from 45 departments across the state.
The firefighters are being sent under a mutual-aid agreement and will be divided into nine strike teams to help in one of the worst outbreaks of wildfires in California history.
“They are on the road now and should arrive in their stage areas tomorrow,” Washington Emergency Management Director Robert Ezelle said in a written statement.
Many of the crews headed south are from Western Washington. They include teams from Seattle Fire District, King County Fire District 45, Shoreline Fire, Bothell Fire, Vashon Island Fire, Bainbridge Island, Burien Fire, Everett, Gig Harbor, Lacey Fire, Lewis County, Mount Vernon, North Kitsap Fire & Rescue, Thurston County Fire Protection District 17, West Thurston Regional Fire Authority and Snohomish County.
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A 10th strike team was scheduled to be deployed late Friday from the Spokane and Chelan areas.
Earlier this week, the state Department of Natural Resources also sent crews to California, along with seven wildland fire engines. The department will send an additional two wildland engines to California, according to a department spokesman.