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Firefighters return home from battling wildfires in California and Oregon

Sep 26, 2020, 12:10 PM | Updated: 12:34 pm
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A firefighter puts out a hot spot along Highway 38 northwest of Forrest Falls, Calif., as the El Dorado Fire continues to burn Thursday afternoon, Sept. 10, 2020. The fire started by a device at a gender reveal party on Saturday. (Will Lester/The Orange County Register/SCNG via AP)
(Will Lester/The Orange County Register/SCNG via AP)
SALT LAKE CITY — Some 66 local firefighters are back home this morning from fires on the west coast, happy to sleep in their own beds after weeks battling wildfires in California and Oregon.
 
Unified Fire Authority’s Matthew McFarland says some of the fires they saw were pretty intense in the midst of a particularly brutal fire season.
 
Utah Wildland Task Force 1 worked to save homes and hundreds of thousands of acres from burning.
 
The crews that arrived home will have the weekend off before getting back to work on their regular shifts next week.
 
Conditions for fires not only out west but here at home are expected to escalate this weekend.

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