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East Fork headed to California fire

Staff Reports

An East Fork Fire District crew left for Southern California on Tuesday to aid in the fight against the 31,000-acre Thomas fire burning in Ventura County.

The fire is burning out of control and multiple structures are reportedly on fire, according to the Ventura County emergency web site.

East Fork Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson said the district received the request at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. The crew departed at about 6:30 a.m.

East Fork Brush 10 staffed by Capt. Paul Azevedo, Engineer Kevin Repan, Firefighter-Paramedic Adam Wennhold and Firefighter-Paramedic Aaron Leising responded to the fire.

"They will form up with a strike team with four other engines from the Lake Tahoe Basin for work at the fire," Fogerson said. "Multiple other large fires are reported in Southern California due to a Santa Anna winds. California is still looking for additional fire engines to assist."

East Fork Battalion Chief Troy Valenzuela is heading up a second task force from Lyon, Carson and Tahoe destined for the Southern California fires

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"Just a reminder that while we are out of season, our friends that help us during the summer months are not yet," Fogerson said.