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Five Fort Worth firefighters among those from Texas headed to California to fight fires

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On Monday, five Fort Worth Firefighters and a Fort Worth brush truck deployed as part of a state wide team to help assist with the wildfires in California. This marks the first time that Fort Worth has deployed out of the state of Texas. Firefighters deployed from Fire Station 5 at 8 a.m.

The Flower Mound Fire Department was also requested to deploy to California as part of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS). Flower Mound Fire sent its Type 3 engine, a cross between a brush truck and a structural fire engine, and five firefighters. The team is headed to California to battle the Woosley Fire for 14 days, according to Flower Mound officials.

The Woosley Fire has burned more than 90,000 acres and consumed more than 370 structures since November 8 in the Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. It is approximately 20 percent contained and has more than 3,200 personnel battling it.

On Nov. 11, Gov. Greg Abbott today announced that firefighters and support personnel from across Texas will be deployed to help combat the devastating wildfires currently impacting Southern California.

Approximately 200 firefighters with 55 fire engines from local fire departments from across Texas, as well as teams from the Texas Forest Service at Texas A&M, began deploying to California Monday morning.

“When disaster strikes, it is imperative that the call for help is answered, and that is exactly what these men and women serving in fire departments across Texas are doing,” said Abbott. “As California continues to fight these fires, Texas will be sending its bravest firefighters to aid in their efforts. Our prayers go out to all who have been impacted by these devastating wildfires, and the State of Texas will continue to offer any resources to aid in the recovery process.”

More than 8,000 firefighters in all have been battling three large wildfires burning across nearly 400 square miles (1,040 square kilometers) in Northern and Southern California, with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive and gusty, blowtorch winds starting up again.

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