The Texas A&M Forest Service is on their way to help crews with the deadly fire in Arizona.
The forest service helps train, equip, and assist fire departments locally and all over the nation when called. A group of 5 firefighters, part of an initial attack crew, are on their way to Phoenix.
They are from all over Texas, and met in Lufkin this morning at 7:30 a.m. to head out to help.
Names and locations of the firefighters with the Texas A&M Forest Service going to the fire aren't being released for their protection.
We spoke with Shawn Whitley, the emergency response coordinator for the forest service, and he says they are going straight to Phoenix's Mobilization Center.
“What that basically is is a staging area for incoming resources where they can determine where the most needed resource is, and then they will send them out from there,” said Whitley.
The crew is scheduled to arrive in Phoenix sometime tomorrow and be there for at least 2 weeks.
More firefighters with the Texas Forest Service could be deployed if needed.
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