LAFD personnel deployed to California wildfires

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By The Staff

For the third time in the past four months, personnel and equipment from the Los Alamos Fire Department were sent west to help battle wildfires in California.

The LAFD’s Wildland Fire team has joined a task force of fire fighting agencies from New Mexico to work on the wildfires in California as of Thursday morning.

Some wildfires there have scorched more than 100,000 acres this week near Ventura, Calif., and Los Angeles, fed by fierce Santa Ana winds and dry vegetation.

LAFD Captain Tim Johnson, Driver Engineer Van Leimer and Firefighter Brian Palmer left Thursday morning in the fire department’s Brush 1, a Wildland Engine. Brush 1 is one of two county-owned wildland firefighting apparatus, according to a prepared statement by Wildland Division Chief Kelly Sterna.