APTOPIX California Wildfires

A home burns Monday as the River Fire rages near Finley, Calif.

Firefighters from Frisco, Lake Cities, Lewisville, Little Elm and Southlake are among the 98 Texas firefighters on their way to California to fight wildfires that have burned more than 750,000 acres.

They are expected to arrive and be deployed by Thursday morning. The teams were dispatched as part of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System for wildfire suppression in Texas and elsewhere.

California requested help from the system, which will send teams and equipment to the Mendocino Complex, the largest wildfire in California history.

The state currently has 20 wildfires, including the Mendocino Complex, that are not contained.

According to a news release from the Texas A&M Forest Service, state fire officials here are planning carefully since Texas is in the middle of its own wildfire season. To date, 6,975 Texas wildfires have been reported, burning more than 492,393 acres.

Other Texas fire departments sending crews and equipment to California include the Abilene Fire Department, Austin Fire Department, Baytown Fire Department, Borger Fire Department, Bryan Fire Department, Canyon Lake Fire Department, College Station Fire Department, Dallas Fire and Rescue Department, District 7 Fire Rescue, Galveston Fire Department, Kyle Fire Department, Lubbock Fire Department, Montgomery County ESD No. 6 (Porter Fire), Nacogdoches Fire and Rescue, Oak Hill Fire Department, Travis Co. ESD No. 3, Parker County ESD No. 1, Round Rock Fire Department, San Antonio Fire Department, Schertz Fire Department, Stephenville Fire Department, Texas A&M Forest Service, Webster Fire Department, Wichita Falls Fire Department and Willis Fire Department.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.

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