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New Mexicans join the effort to fight California's wildfires

Morgan Aguilar
December 11, 2017 05:31 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- While most people are trying to get away from the wildfires in California, some New Mexico firefighters are heading toward the flames.

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Eighteen firefighters from five New Mexico agencies left for Chino, California Thursday morning. They won't know exactly where they're headed until they get there on Friday.

"They're expecting to put us to work immediately when we arrive," said Lt. Brian Fox a wildland program manager for the Albuquerque Fire Department.

They plan to stay on the ground for up to two weeks, hoping to be back in time for Christmas.

"All crews are making a major sacrifice to go out there during this time and taking the time away from their families," Fox said.

They expect 16-hour days, but Fox said they're happy to help.

"When we have fires here in our state people come to us, you know we go to them so we're excited to help out," he said.

New Mexico's task force adds to the thousands of firefighters risking their lives to keep homes and families safe.

"I feel proud. I feel privileged to lead the men and women of the state of New Mexico to go out there," Fox said. "... I know they're going to do a great job and represent the state of New Mexico well."

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