Alaska personnel fly to California to help with destructive wildfires

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Alaska fire personnel flew to California this weekend, after fire crews down south sent out requests for help in dealing with the destructive wildfires that have ravaged areas of the state, killing dozens.

Around half a dozen people headed down to California on Saturday and Sunday in response to a call that came Friday afternoon, according to Tim Mowry, an information officer for the Alaska Division of Forestry.

"They're with operations mostly, some overhead," Mowry said. "The first people left Saturday to fill various roles [in] management positions."

California first searched for fire personnel in the nearby region, but then extended their scope to include states as distant as Alaska, after the wildfires worsened.

The death toll from the wildfire in the northern part of the state rose to 29 people, and two victims were found in Southern California. Crews continue searching for bodies in the smoldering ruins, with nearly 230 people unaccounted for.

Mowry said that right now, the requests to Alaska for more help were slowing down after Sunday night.

"But that could change, it all depends how things go down there," he said.

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