Firefighters from Surprise and Avondale are lending a helping hand to crews battling several major wildfires in California.
A captain from the Surprise Fire-Medical Department was deployed along with four Avondale firefighters and a wildland fire engine from Avondale to the Rey Fire that’s burning in southern Santa Barbara County.
The fire started on Aug. 18. As of Sunday evening, it grown to 10,000 acres and was only 10 percent contained. The firefighters joined 770 firefighting personnel currently assigned to the fire.
In addition, four Surprise firefighters along with a SFMD wildland fire engine have been deployed to the Cedar Fire, which has blackened land from Kern County, CA into Tulare County.
The Cedar Fire ignited on Aug. 16 and is burning northeast of Bakersfield and near the Sequoia National Forest. It had grown to 18,000 acres by Sunday evening with numerous homes and structures threatened. It is 5 percent contained. As many as 1,200 firefighting personnel are currently assigned to this fire.
The Surprise Fire-Medical firefighters were deployed to the California fires on Thursday and could be there as long as 14 days.
Surprise Fire-Medical Department has a team of 10 specially trained and certified wildland firefighters who respond statewide in Arizona as well throughout the western U.S. to fight major wildfires.
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