Grand Junction wildland team heads to California

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- The wildfires across California have devastated thousands of homes and acres of land. With the flames still burning, crews from across the country have been called in to help, including some of our own.

The Grand Junction Fire Department's Wildland team left Wednesday morning. A national fire response team will make the calls based on California’s request. Because of the many fires, they were looking for about 25 additional engines to help.

As always, the team got the call in the evening and was on the road first thing this morning.

“Structural firefighting gear, they can take their wildland firefighting gear. A few personal protection items like a helmet are theirs to take. But then they are also looking at packing clothes for two weeks, cell phone chargers, solar chargers," said Ellis Thompson-Ellis, a spokesperson for the Grand Junction Fire Department.

GJFD said that these situations help make our firefighters better. It’s also good to help our neighbors in case we need help in the future.

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