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More Utah firefighters headed to California

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Park City firefighters look over equipment as 39 firefighters from various Utah agencies meet at the Maverik Center in West Valley City on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, before deploying to California to fight fires.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

WEST VALLEY CITY — Nearly 40 Utah firefighters are headed to California to help with the destructive wildfires in that state.

The group gathered at the Maverik Center in West Valley City Wednesday morning before leaving for their deployment. Once they arrive in California, they will receive their field assignments, according to a statement from Utah firefighters. They will be gone for up to 16 days.

The group is divided into two task forces that are comprised of firefighters from multiple departments, including Wasatch County, Cedar Mountain, Layton, Murray, Weber Fire District, Lone Peak, Bluffdale, Salt Lake City and Park City.

Three other Utah task forces sent to California and Oregon under the same mutual aid agreement returned last week.

California’s record-breaking wildfire season has burned more acres in 2020 than any other year in history.