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Spokane fire fighters head to California to help fight wildfires

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Fire fighters from Spokane Fire District 8, the City of Spokane Fire, and Chelan Fire and Rescue are headed down to help fight these devastating wildfires. "So there will be twelve firefighters from Spokane county 3 pieces of apparatus from the city one from fire district 8," said Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer.

Friday morning one crew was already on their way making the two day trek to California the other crew is leaving Friday night to the Mendocino Lake Complex Fire. Schaeffer said when California called for extra man power he was happy send reinforcements. Since they helped Spokane out in 2015 with their wild fires "we're paying back with our personnel our equipment and our time to try to assist them in their time of need."

Chief Schaeffer says since fire season is over in Spokane county they had extra resources to send "It makes no sense for us to have resources that we can send and help at no expense to the tax payer since 100 percent of this cost is being born by California. so there really isn't any reason to not send help when we have the capability." 

A majority of these fire fighters did volunteer to head down to California and they'll be spending 18 days down there helping out with the devastating wild fires.

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