Iowa Firefighters Battling California Wildfires

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By Ellen Kurt

TAYLORSVILLE, California - Iowa firefighters are helping battle wildfires in Montana and Idaho, and now in California.

About 30 Department of Natural Resources workers left Monday to help with this year's wildfires.

Ground crews are already in Montana and Idaho.

Monday morning a pumper truck and crew left for northern California, while another was sent to southern California.

The latest crew to leave included firefighters from Perry, Woodward, West Des Moines, Coralville, Carroll and Cedar Rapids.

Statistics show the 9.2 million acres were burned last year, close to the record year of 2006 when 9.8 million acres burned.

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