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Dozens of Colorado fire crews headed to California

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Colorado is no stranger to wildfires and fire departments across the state are now stepping up to help battle the flames in California. 

The state is sending 17 fire engines to support California Wildfire Operations. The request was made Tuesday in partnership between the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center and the Colorado Division of Fire and Protection. 

On Tuesday, December 6th, the Colorado Springs based Global SuperTanker was sent to California and their crews are now helping to fight the multiple fires north of Los Angeles. Here is a list of agencies across the state leaving for the 14-day deployment to California.

  • Deer Mountain Fire Protection District
  • Elk Creek Fire Fire Protection District
  • Grand Fire Protection District
  • Grand Junction Fire Department
  • Mountain View Fire Protection District
  • North-West Fire Protection District
  • West Metro Fire Department
  • Arvada Fire Protection District
  • Aurora Fire Protection District
  • Castle Rock Fire Department
  • Donald Wescott Fire Protection District
  • Gypsum Fire Department
  • Lake Dillon Fire Department
  • North Metro Fire Department
  • Security Fire Protection District
  • South Arkansas Fire Department

The Division of Fire Prevention and Control has also sent one its two Multi Mission Aircraft's (MMA) to assist in combating the wildfires. 

The national structure for combating wildand fires is a cooperative, interagency system involving local, state, and federal agencies. “When Colorado needs help to fight wildfires in our state, we rely on other states to send resources,” said DFPC Director Mike Morgan. "It is our duty to help those who have helped us.”  The destructive wildfires have prompted evacuation orders for thousands of people and burned many homes in California.

There are currently four fires ravaging southern California, with the largest fire burning in Ventura County. That blaze has consumed over 65,500 acres so far and it continues to burn out of control. Thousands of homes are still threatened by flames, close to 30,000 people were forced to evacuate and California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency. 

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