Arizona Firefighters Leave To Battle California Wildfires

By Lillian Donahue
Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 4:38pm
(Photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management)

Arizona’s wildfire season may be dying down, but California’s fires are raging throughout the state’s wine country.

California has asked for 100 trucks and more than 400 firefighters from across Arizona to help extinguish flames whipping across thousands of acres.

Tiffany Davila with the Department of Forestry and Fire Management says the number of engines requested is high, but Arizona will try to supply all 100 units, without draining resources at home.

“We are going to do our best to fulfill the 100 engine requests from California. But again, we do need to keep some engines behind for Arizona as well," Davila said.

The teams from Arizona are specialized in structure protection. The state says crews will be on duty for two weeks.