CASPER, Wyo. — A number of Montana-based fire crews are being deployed to California to help fight wildfires there.
The Bigfork Fire Department explained that these crews are being deployed following a mutual aid request from California.
“Over the weekend the State of Montana received a mutual aid request from California for help with the wildfires that they are experiencing,” Bigfork Fire said on Tuesday, Oct. 29. “Four (4) Task Forces totaling 20 vehicles and personnel left for California yesterday.”
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“Bigfork provided a vehicle and crew to assist in this endeavor. We wish our crew the best of luck, and a safe return on this assignment.
The Helena Fire Department is also sending assistance.
“Two type 6 wildland trucks are scheduled to depart today to support California wildfire suppression efforts,” the City of Helena said on Facebook. “Six Helena Fire Department firefighters are part of this multi-state effort and we wish them safe travels and a safe return as they set off for this 18-day mission.”
At least one other fire department announced their participation.
“Whitefish Fire Department will be sending three firefighters and the wildland fire truck to help battle the wildfires in California,” Whitefish Fire Department said on Facebook. “They will be leaving as soon as they finish loading the truck.”