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16 Colorado agencies send firefighters to fight California wildfires

December 6, 2017 Updated: December 7, 2017 at 10:30 am
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photo - The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) has sent one of its two Multi-Mission Aircraft’s (MMA) to assist with the wildfire situation in California. (Courtesy photo)
The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) has sent one of its two Multi-Mission Aircraft’s (MMA) to assist with the wildfire situation in California. (Courtesy photo) 

Sixteen Colorado agencies, including the Security Fire Protection District, sent firefighters Wednesday to help combat California wildfires, the state’s Division of Fire Prevention and Control announced.

The 17 fire engines - one agency sent two - left for a 14-day deployment to California, a release says. The agencies pitching in include the Deer Mountain, Elk Creek, Mountain View, North-West, Arvada, Aurora, Donald Wescott and Grand fire protection districts and the Grand Junction, West Metro Castle Rock, Gypsum, Lake Dillon, North Metro and South Arkansas fire departments.

Each fire engine is staffed with three to five firefighters, said DFPC spokeswoman Caley Fisher.

California Wildfires
Flames from the Thomas fire burn above a truck on Highway 101 north of Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) 

The firefighters were headed for Chino, Calif., for staging and assignments.

The state also sent one of its two multi-mission aircrafts to California to help.

"When Colorado needs help to fight wildfires in our state, we rely on other states to send resources," DFPC Director Mike Morgan said in the release. "It is our duty to help those who have helped us."

Depending on need, additional resources might deploy from Colorado later this week. "We’re expecting California to request more resources," Fisher said.

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