WILD FIRES: DNR Fire Engines Sent To California

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Some Iowa firefighters are helping battle California wildfires.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau has dispatched two wildfire engines to California. The crew of eight Iowans left Monday.

They will work on a two week rotation to avoid fatigue.

This isn’t the first group to leave for duty. Fifteen other Iowans are working in Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.

Across the west, 41 uncontained wildfires are raging. The majority of them were sparked by lightning strikes on drought-stricken land.

The DNR’s wildfire engines were last sent to help out with Texas wildfires two years ago.