• Washington crews head to California to help battle massive wildfires

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    SEATTLE - Dozens of firefighters from across Washington are headed to California to help battle the wildfires raging across the state.

    Washington Emergency Management coordinated seven task forces from 31 different fire departments across the state, according to a tweet early Monday. 

    >> PHOTOS: Fast moving fires prompt mandatory evacuations in California

    North Kitsap Fire and Rescue, Eastside Fire and Rescue, Bothell Fire Department and Seattle Fire Department are among the departments that sent crews down south. 

    There are currently dozens of wildfires across California, threatening homes and prompting mandatory evacuations. 

    In northern California, a fire in Sonoma County has destroyed more than a hundred homes and buildings. The fire started Wednesday, but intensified over the weekend due to hurricane-force winds. While the winds have died down, gusts are expected to pick up tomorrow. The fire also prompted forced powershut offs intended to prevent downed power lines that can spark blazes. 

    In southern California, a fire that started early Monday near The Getty Center has moved westward through canyon and ridge line neighborhoods, burning some homes. 

    The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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