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West Virginians Head to California to Fight Wildfires


A group of West Virginians are on their way to California to help fight wildfires in the northern part of the state.

A 20-person wild land firefighting crew left Charleston Monday to assist with wildfire suppression efforts. Sixteen West Virginia Division of Forestry staff members and four specially trained volunteer firefighters make up the crew that will serve a 14-day tour of duty.

The crew is scheduled to fly from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to California Tuesday.

Forestry officials said the crew hasn’t been assigned to a specific fire yet.

Director and State Forester Randy Dye called them an excellent crew and said the state is proud to send them to California as representatives.