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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Evacuations were downgraded in Sonoma County, California Monday afternoon after California deadliest wildfires in the state’s history continue to burn. Mother Nature provided some relief over the past 48 hours with winds slightly relaxing, but weather models show more relief on the way. A low pressure system off the Gulf of Alaska is expected to drop into the Pacific Northwest bringing cooler air, and rain into Northern California late Thursday night and early Friday morning. The weather isn’t the only aid on the way, dozens of Utah firefighters are in California awaiting assignment. 

“The team has made it, we’ve landed in Chino at their mobility center. This is a place where all the resources from outside this direct area come to get orders to check in to make sure everything is good to go, ” Eric Holmes with Unified Fire Authority said.

Fire efforts will be needed in the Chino area, but crews are likely to be sent further north to more severe fire areas depending on fire behavior. Containment is the top priority, therefore, there is no set date for Utah fire crews to return home, and firefighter are ready to help in any way they can.

“We could be fighting wildland fire, structure fire, 911 calls, searching for missing people, and we’re ready for any of it,” Eric Holmes with Unified Fire Authority said.

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