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8/6/2014 10:53:00 AM
Chino Valley fire crews battle blazes in California, Washington
Battalion Chief Mat Mayhall, fifth from left, poses with the crew he is supervising in Washington. (Courtesy photo)
Battalion Chief Mat Mayhall, fifth from left, poses with the crew he is supervising in Washington. (Courtesy photo)
Crews work the fire line at night in Yosemite National Park. (Courtesy photo)
Crews work the fire line at night in Yosemite National Park. (Courtesy photo)
Courtesy of The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT- Five Chino Valley firefighters are helping fight wildland fires in California and Washington.

Chino Valley Fire Department Battalion Chief Mat Mayhall is working as a strike team leader supervising engines, water tenders and other apparatus at the Chiwaukum Complex, a group of several large fires, in Washington, CVFD spokesman Rob Zazueta said. The fires, at more than 17,000 acres, have reached 35 percent containment.

"The hot, dry conditions have increased fire activity and they are daily getting reports of new fires starting," Mayhall said.

There are 782 people working the incident.

A second assignment includes Capt. David Johnson, Capt. Glenn Davidson, engineer Ben Roche and firefighter Pete Lynch. They are working fires in Northern California, from Yosemite National Park to Redding, in a special large fire truck with high-ground clearance and pumping capacity well-suited for wildland firefighting, Zazueta said. They are now on the Bald Fire, a 39,850-acre blaze with 30 percent containment, in the Lassen National Forest.

Mayhall will be back home next week, and the four-man crew's assignment ends Sunday, but CVFD may replace them with a fresh crew if it's requested.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014
Article comment by: Concerned Neighbor

I am very curious why our Chino Valley fire fighters will travel all the way to northern California and Washington state to battle wildfires, yet refuse to lift a finger to extinguish any burning structure right here in Paulden.
Seems a bit like misplaced priorities to me, but then again, I'm living here in Paulden, not in the forest up in the Pacific Northwest.
Just wondering...does ANYONE have an answer to this question? Anyone at all???

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