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Utah firefighters heading to California to help with wildfires

Crews from four Utah fire departments will deploy to California on Sunday Aug. 29, 2021. Photo: Mary Richards, KSL

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Crews from four Utah fire departments will be heading to California to help fight wildfires

The crews will be leaving from the Maverik Center in West Valley City on Sunday morning. After a logistics and safety meeting, the crew will depart shortly after 7 a.m.

This will be the seventh Utah Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) mission of the year. It’s also the second task force to be deployed this week.

Sunday’s deployment includes first responders from Salt Lake City, Sandy, Provo and West Valley City.

This task force will be in California for 16 days. It will replace another Utah task force team that was deployed two weeks ago. That group is expected home sometime this weekend.

Once in California, the Utah crews will be assigned to where California agencies need them.

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