Fresno sends crew to help fight San Diego County fire

The Fresno BeeMay 14, 2014 

A crew from the Fresno Fire Department left Fresno at 9 p.m. Wednesday to battle the Poinsettia fire in San Diego County, said department public information officer Kris Townsend.

Townsend said the four-person crew was selected from a list of volunteers willing to participate in an Office of Emergency Services strike team. The firefighters will work in San Diego County for two weeks, unless released earlier.

According to Townsend, the Office of Emergency Services gives various fire departments a fire engine on the condition that each department provide that engine and a crew in times of emergency. The Office of Emergency Services declared such an emergency Wednesday evening.

The Poinsettia fire is just one of nine wildfires in the San Diego area. This is the sixth engine dispatched from Fresno County.

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