Abilene firefighters headed to fight California wildfires

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Nearly 100 firefighters from departments across Texas, including Abilene, are headed to California to fight wildfires that have already consumed more than 750,000 acres.

“It’s about neighbors helping neighbors,” said Tom Boggus, Texas A&M Forest Service director. “We call TIFMAS our ‘surge capacity’ for Texas. Guess this time their reach is a bit farther away but we hope to make a big impact in people’s lives.”

Teams will  join the fight on 20 uncontained wildfires.

The following fire departments are participating:

The Abilene Fire Department, Austin Fire Department, Baytown Fire Department, Borger Fire Department, Bryan Fire Department, Canyon Lake Fire Department, College Station Fire Department, Dallas Fire and Rescue Department, District 7 Fire Rescue, Frisco Fire Department, Galveston Fire Department, Kyle Fire Department, Lake Cities Fire Department, Lewisville Fire Department, Little Elm Fire Department, Lubbock Fire Department, Montgomery County ESD # 6 (Porter Fire), Nacogdoches Fire and Rescue, Oak Hill Fire Department, Travis Co. ESD#3, Parker County ESD #1, Round Rock Fire Department, San Antonio Fire Department, Schertz Fire Department, Southlake Fire Department, Stephenville Fire Department, Texas A&M Forest Service, Webster Fire Department, Wichita Falls Fire Department and Willis Fire Department.

The Texas firefighters will report for duty in Redding, California, on August 9. 

Abilene crews will be fighting the Carr Fire. 

The Abilene Fire Department says, ” we are sending our type 6 TIFMUS engine along with two firefighters to the Carr Fire located in Redding California. The engine is being transported by truck and the firefighters will be flying out tomorrow to meet up with their engine in Sacramento California. The engine will be committed to this fire for 28 days with two new firefighters replacing the first two after 14 days.”

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