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Hundreds of Texas firefighters head to California

(KGNS)
Published: Nov. 11, 2018 at 5:53 PM CST
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About 200 firefighters and 50 engines from 47 fire departments in 23 Texas counties are headed to California to join the fight against three wildfires that have already claimed at least 31 lives, destroyed more than 6,700 structures and forced about 250,000 people to evacuate.

The only Central Texas fire department involved in the effort is the Round Rock fire Department.

In addition, 27 Texas A&M Forest Service personnel, a strike team and five additional fire engines from Brownwood, Childress, Smithville, Mineral Wells and Wolforth left Monday.

California officials contacted the Texas Division of Emergency Management on Saturday to rquest assistance through the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System.

“This is another solid example of Texas firefighters stepping up to help out. This is the largest mobilization of Texas firefighting resources to another state to fight wildland fires,” said Mark Stanford, fire chief and associate director at Texas A&M Forest Service.

Texas Fire Departments sending equipment and personnel

Abilene Fire Department

Amarillo Fire Department

Austin Fire Department

Baytown Fire Department

Bexar County D-7

Bexar County ESD-8 (Grey Forest)

Borger Fire Department

Bryan Fire Department

City of Galveston Fire Department

City of Midland Fire Department

Conroe Fire Department

Dallas Fire & Rescue

District 7 Fire Rescue

Eastex Fire Department

Flower Mound Fire Department

Forest Bend Fire Department

Frisco Fire Department

Fulshear Fire Department

Kyle Fire Department

Lake Travis Fire Rescue

Lewisville Fire Department

Little Elm Fire Department

Longview Fire Department

McKinney Fire Department

Needham Fire Department

New Waverly Volunteer Fire Department

North Montgomery County ESD-1

Oak Hill Fire Department

Paris Fire Department

Parker County ESD-6

Plano Fire Rescue

Porter Fire Department

Powderly Volunteer Fire Department

Prosper Fire Department

Round Rock Fire Department

San Angelo Fire Department

Schertz Fire Rescue

Somervell Fire Department

Travis County ESD-3

Weatherford Fire Department

Webster Fire Department

Westlake Fire Department

Wichita Falls Volunteer Fire Department

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