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22 Utah firefighters will battle Dixie Fire



West Valley City, Utah – Monday morning, 22 firefighters, five engines, and support vehicles left West Valley City to help fight the Dixie Fire. They are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday.

Utah firefighters are en route to battle the massive Dixie Fire in California, the largest single fire in the west coast state’s history.

This is the fourth deployment of the year.

The task force heading to California includes members and equipment from Unified Fire Authority, the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, and six fire departments – Provo, Draper, Cedar City, Murray, Orem, and West Valley City.

Officials say this crew will deploy for about 16 days – 14 days of work plus travel – as part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. This is a system of state-to-state mutual aid coordinated through state emergency management agencies.

Over 40 Utah firefighters also helped respond to wildfires burning in Oregon earlier this summer.

“Utah stands ready, willing, and able to help a state in need, and EMAC is a great system for doing that.”