Daisy Mountain Fire Department and several other fire agencies from the Valley are sending crews to Northern California to help with the devastating wildfires, some of which remained out of control today.
Among those heading out: Glendale Fire Department, Sun City Fire and Medical Department, Surprise Fire-Medical Department, Scottsdale Fire Department, Arizona Fire & Medical Authority and Superstition Fire & Medical District.
The announcement was made by the Central Arizona Wildland Response Team (CAWRT), a coordinating agency. The different departments are often deployed around the state and even out of state (DMFD went to Georgia earlier this year). The state of Arizona reimburses the local departments for these expeditions, including those out of state.
“Be safe,” DMFD posted on its Facebook page.
While DMFD helped battle several fires along the I-17 corridor from the Loop 303 up to the Sunset Point area, the frequency and severity mellowed somewhat as monsoon moisture rolled in. Meanwhile, October is often the busy time for California wildfires, where officials said a wet winter left lots of brush that is extra dry after an unusually hot summer, conditions ripe for fast-moving blazes.