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California Cancels Help From Utah Firefighters

Utah fire crews that were preparing to go to California to help fight wildfires have been told to stand down for now. The Utah Department of Emergency Management confirmed that California cancelled requests for help under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.Crews that have been in California assisting with the state’s largest fires, such as the Dixie Fire, are returning home now. Fire fighters from West Valley returned home Monday night, two days earlier than expected. 

 

2021 has been a record year for fire aid from Utah to other western states.

 

A spokesperson from the Utah Department of Emergency Management says it is still possible Utah crews will be needed in other western states that are dealing with fires. So far, only California has cancelled requests for help. 

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!