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Nearly 100 firefighters from area and across the state to battle California blazes

August 7, 2018

COLLEGE STATION — Nearly 100 firefighters from across Texas, including from the San Antonio area, are heading to California to help battle raging wildfires.

The Texas A&M Forest Service on Tuesday announced personnel from more than two dozen fire departments are flying to California or taking part in a convoy with at least 25 fire engines. Texas firefighters are expected to report for duty Thursday.

The San Antonio Fire Department tweeted Tuesday that it was sending seven firefighters to California and that Schertz and Canyon Lake fire departments were also sending firefighters. The Canyon Lake Fire/EMS said in a Facebook post it was sending two firefighters.

Twin fires in Northern California have scorched an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.

The deployment is an activation of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System even as the state is in its own wildfires season. Texas A&M Forest Service director Tom Boggus says it’s “about neighbors helping neighbors.”

Fire departments from Abilene, Austin, College Station, Dallas, Galveston, Lubbock and Wichita Falls also are among those dispatching personnel to California.

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