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More Arizona firefighters heading to battle California fires

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Southern Arizona firefighters are heading to northern California to help battle the deadly wildfires.

Northwest Fire Department firefighters will be joining Green Valley, Rio Rico and Rural Metro firefighters as those representing southern Arizona as California officials request more boots on the ground.

A group of five firefighters from Northwest Fire Department are getting ready to join the more than 8,000 firefighters already in action across California, one of them is Chris Dawson.

“You're always nervous,” said Dawson. “The first thing that goes through my head when you get the call out is my wife and kids and how they’re going to be when I'm gone.”

Dawson has been battling wildland fires for more than a decade and knows he's walking into a deadly situation. When he saw the devastation in northern California he had a feeling he was going to have to gear up.

“We're right next door, so we're going to be one of the closest resources to get there and help out,” said Dawson.

With 29 lives lost and thousands of structures destroyed, Dawson plans on taking the long drive to Napa County to mentally prepare.

“I just kind of have to go into my rolodex and remember what I've seen before and how to prep myself for that mentally,” said Dawson.

This group plans on being in California for at least the next two weeks.

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