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Members of the Frisco, Prosper, Plano, and McKinney Fire Departments prepared to deploy to California on Monday morning as part of a statewide response.

DALLAS, Texas — Approximately 200 firefighters from across Texas are enroute to California to aid in fighting three major wildfires which have claimed the lives of at least 29 people, injured several firefighters, destroyed more than 6,700 structures, and prompted evacuations for approximately 250,000 Californians.

The response is part of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) program with firefighters representing some 47 Texas fire departments in 23 counties, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

“This is another solid example of Texas firefighters stepping up to help out. This is the largest mobilization of Texas firefighting resources to another state to fight wildland fires,” stated Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) Fire Chief and Associate Director Mark Stanford.

“TFS will send five engines but a majority of the personnel and engines are coming from municipal fire departments all across Texas,” he stated.

TIFMAS and TFS firefighters are not yet specifically assigned to a location in California but, will be among thousands of personnel providing assistance on the following incidents: the 113,000-acre Camp Fire in Butte County, which is about 25 percent contained, that caused 29 fatalities, destroyed 6,453 residences and 260 commercial structures; the 91,572-acre Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, which is about 20 percent contained, that caused two fatalities, three firefighter injuries and destroyed 372 structures; and the 4,531-acre Hill Fire in Ventura County that destroyed two structures and is nearly 80 percent contained.

“Our thoughts and prayers go with our Texan firefighters,” stated Tom Boggus, Texas A&M Forest Service director. “We are also thinking of our California neighbors and the tremendous losses they are currently dealing with in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Butte Counties.”

A total of 27 Texas A&M Forest Service personnel, a strike team, and five fire engines from Brownwood, Childress, Smithville, Mineral Wells, and Wolforth left today, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

The Texas fire departments mobilizing personnel and engines as part of the TIFMAS response are from counties all across the state, including: Bexar, Brazos, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gregg, Harris, Hays, Hutchinson, Lamar, Montgomery, Parker, Potter, Somervell, Tarrant, Taylor, Tom Green, Travis, Walker, Wichita, and Williamson.

The departments representing those counties include the following, among others, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service:

Abilene Fire Department

Amarillo Fire Department

Austin Fire Department

Baytown Fire Department

Bexar County D-7

Bexar County ESD-8 (Grey Forest)

Borger Fire Department

Bryan Fire Department

City of Galveston Fire Department

City of Midland Fire Department

Conroe Fire Department

Dallas Fire & Rescue

District 7 Fire Rescue

Eastex Fire Department

Flower Mound Fire Department

Forest Bend Fire Department

Frisco Fire Department

Fulshear Fire Department

Kyle Fire Department

Lake Travis Fire Rescue

Lewisville Fire Department

Little Elm Fire Department

Longview Fire Department

McKinney Fire Department

Needham Fire Department

New Waverly Volunteer Fire Department

North Montgomery County ESD-1

Oak Hill Fire Department

Paris Fire Department

Parker County ESD-6

Plano Fire Rescue

Porter Fire Department

Powderly Volunteer Fire Department

Prosper Fire Department

Round Rock Fire Department

San Angelo Fire Department

Schertz Fire Rescue

Somervell Fire Department

Travis County ESD-3

Weatherford Fire Department

Webster Fire Department

Westlake Fire Department

Wichita Falls Volunteer Fire Department

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