SPOKANE, Wash. - Several local firefighters are heading south to assist with wildfires burning across the state of California.
The Spokane Fire Department has authorized three Type 5/6 engines, a strike-team leader and additional firefighters to staff a two-week mission.
SFD’s tour commander filled the request Sunday night with off-duty personnel who are qualified wildland firefighters and available for deployment.
Three of SFD’s nine Type 5/6 engines are being deployed. The tour commander said the city of Spokane will be well-covered during the assignment.
Three firefighters from Spokane County Fire District 8 and additional crews from the Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team are already on their way to California.
Nearly 200,000 people in Northern California are under evacuation orders as crews work to contain the Kincaid Fire in Sonoma County. Officials said that wildfire has burned 100 square miles and destroyed nearly 100 structures. Over 80,000 buildings are threatened.
There are dozens of other smaller wind-driven wildfires burning across the state, including the Getty Fire in southern California. That fire has burned more than 500 acres and is threatening about 10,000 structures.
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