Firefighters head to southern California |

Firefighters head to southern California

Steve Lynn
Vail CO, Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY ” Four local firefighters could be fighting fires east of Los Angeles by Sunday morning.

The state of California has requested that firefighters from the Eagle River Fire Protection District drive a fire engine to Chino, Calif., said Chief Charlie Moore.

The firefighters will leave Thursday night to get to Chino by Saturday at 6 p.m. The trip will take almost 14 hours, because the fire engine has a top speed of 65 miles per hour, Moore said.

The four firefighters will begin early Sunday morning and could work up to 14 hours a day for 14 days, he said.

“I know exactly where they’re going and there’s a lot there to be concerned about,” Moore said.

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The firefighters have had lots of training in fighting wildfires and one has fought several fires outside the state, he said.

“I’m very confident in their abilities,” he said.

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