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Montana firefighters headed to California to battle wildfires

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Posted at 10:21 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 14:10:46-04

Firefighters from Montana are heading west to help battle wildfires burning in California.

The Whitefish Fire Department will be sending three firefighters and the wildland fire truck while Helena is sending two city crews.

Whitefish will be leaving as soon as they finish loading the truck while Helena leaders say two city crews will depart on Tuesday.

The Bigfork Fire Department also sent a vehicle and crew which left Monday for California.

"We wish our crew the best of luck, and a safe return on this assignment," the Bigfork Fire Department said in a social media post.

According to Helena City officials, two Type 6 wildland trucks and six firefighters will be deployed for 18 days.

The teams are headed to Southern California and will be part of a multi-state effort to contain the fires.

As of Tuesday morning more than 25 million California residents faced dangerous fire weather conditions.