Hundreds of Texas firefighters head to California

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(KWTX) 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