200 Texas firefighters head to California to help combat wildfires

Posted at 9:10 AM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 10:10:47-05

About 200 firefighters and support personnel from Texas will be heading to California to help fight the devastating wildfires, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Sunday.

Wildfires are raging at both ends of California, killing at least 31 people. Over 150,000 people are displaced statewide as more than 8,000 fire crews battling the wildfires.

"When disaster strikes, it is imperative that the call for help is answered, and that is exactly what these men and women serving in fire departments across Texas are doing," said Governor Abbott. "As California continues to fight these fires, Texas will be sending its bravest firefighters to aid in their efforts. Our prayers go out to all who have been impacted by these devastating wildfires, and the State of Texas will continue to offer any resources to aid in the recovery process."

The firefighters along with 55 fire engines from across Texas left for Southern California on Monday morning with teams from the Texas Forest Service at Texas A&M.

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