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Missoula firefighters step up to help fight fires in CA

Posted at 7:24 AM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 12:06:50-05

MISSOULA – More than 20 fire engines and over 100 Montana firefighters are stepping up to help combat the fires that are devastating California.

Two trucks and six Missoula Rural Fire District firefighters left Sunday morning to join the effort. Captain Ron Lubke says they are happy to be able to help.

“We have had a number of times where apparatuses equipment and personnel from California have come to Montana to help with our fire season.,” Lubke said.

“And I should say not just wildland fires. It could be anything — hurricanes, natural disasters. These kind of resources are shared often all over the place all over the country,” he added.

The crew and equipment from MRFD are headed to the Woolsey fire raging in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Crews also spent the weekend moving equipment around to make sure each crew still had the supplies they need.  Lubke said though they are always willing to help out another department, Missoula comes first.

We would not go if you weren’t able to still maintain our responsibilities here. And so we look at that very thoroughly before we make the commitment send folks to any out of state fire or incident,” he said.

Crews from Big Sky, Bull Lake, Columbus and Red Lodge are also hit the road to California over the weekend.