Several Arizona fire departments are sending their crews to out to California to help fight the deadly wildfires there. (Source: Scottsdale Fire & Surprise Fire)

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5)-- Several Arizona fire departments are sending their crews out to California to help fight the deadly wildfires there. 

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said Saturday that about 144 firefighters and 42 engines either arrived or are heading to California to send supplies and fight the wildfires.

[RELATED: California wildfire wipes out much of one town]

The department said that the firefighters are on a minimum 14-day assignment with the majority of them going to Southern California. 

Scottsdale Fire Department tweeted Saturday morning that they are sending their firefighters to the Woosley Fire, which is located near the border of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. 

Surprise Fire also tweeted their fire crews are also heading out to Ventura County to help out with the Woosley Fire. 

Other Arizona fire departments heading to California include Glendale, Superstition, Globe, Tucson and Daisy Mountain.

The Red Cross has also sent six volunteers from the Arizona, New Mexico, and El Paso region. Four of those volunteers are from Phoenix and the others are from surrounding areas in Arizona. They'll be gone for at least two weeks, and the Red Cross said they plan to send more volunteers this week. 

The Camp Fire, which is burning in Northern California has damaged the majority of the town of Paradise. 

Five people were found dead in vehicles that were overcome by flames, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Saturday 14 additional bodies were found, bringing the death toll to 23. The victims have not been identified. Two people were found dead in a wildfire in Southern California, bringing the total number of fatalities for the state to 25.

Meanwhile, The Woolsey Fire in Southern California has burned over 70,000 acres with 0 percent containment. Two people were found dead from the wildfires there. 


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Um, who is protecting us (those of us who pay for this protection) if we're sending 144 firefighters and 42 engines to California? Does this not put us at risk?? If not, then just how overstaffed/equipped are our fire departments??

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