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Montana crews called to help in California

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As wildfires rip through California, teams in Montana have been called in to help. The Missoula Fire Department is sending two engines to California.

Chief Jason Diehl said "They're trying to get 50 strike teams from across Montana to aid firefighting efforts in California"

They tell us Montana got orders to send 50 strike teams to California. Each strike team is made of five engines. So, if the order is filled, Montana could send 250 engines to assist crews in California. 

This comes after one of Montana's endured one of the worst fire seasons in the last decade. Chief Michael Bowman with Missoula Rural Fire Department told us he says he's happy to be able to pay it back. Bowman said "We had a lot of resources from many other states so this is one way for us to give back."

Capt. Bowman was called to orders to quickly he wasn't even able to make it back home to visit his family before leaving. He told us teams will be in California for two weeks, putting them back in Montana right before Christmas. He said it was nice to be able to give back after teams from all across the nation helped fight Montana's historic fire season this summer. 

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