Utah firefighters leaving to help fight California fires

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DRAPER, Utah (ABC4 News) – Dozens of Utah firefighters are heading to California as multiple wildfires rage there.

“It’s a dangerous job, and there are times when the worst circumstances combine that cause tragedy,” said Jason Curry, the spokesperson with Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

Utah firefighters know the dangers all too well.

In August, one of their own, Draper Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett, died while helping on the Mendocino Complex Fire in California.

And yet, Draper City Fire Department is still send four firefighters to help in California.

“We want to do our part, to help them–and we know that one day, they’ll return the favor,” said Battalion Chief Bart Vawdrey with Draper City Fire.

Before they left, Vawdrey reminded them to make Draper proud and to watch out for one another.

“The big one is be safe. Bring everybody home, and work hard,” said Vawdrey.

Meantime, departments from all over Utah are sending personnel, from Cedar City to Lehi to Unified Fire Authority.

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