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Local firefighters in Calif.

VAIL, Colorado ” Three Vail firefighters have gone to California to help fight wildfires there.

Tom Talbot, Ray Dixon and Tyler Vrbas of Vail’s wildland fire crew are awaiting assignment in Chowchita, Calif., north of Fresno. They arrived Sunday and will stay a minimum of 14 days. The men are responding with Vail Fire’s wildland fire response truck.

Wildfires have been raging across California this summer, and authorities requested help from Vail through the “National Interagency Cooperation” agreement.

“They have been requesting help from all over the country,” said Mark Miller, Vail’s fire chief, adding that Vail had to turn down the first two requests it received because the town was so busy during the Fourth of July holiday

The Eagle River Fire Protection District and the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District are also sending resources to California.

Eagle River Chief Charlie Moore said four firefighters ” including Andy Pohlman, Nick Kokias and Wade Michaels ” have been in California since Friday.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.

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