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Utah County Fire, a Division of the Utah County Sheriff's Office, has sent assets with a Utah State Strike Team to fight out of control wildfires in Washington state.

At 8:00 AM on Sunday, July 20, Utah County Fire, a division of the Utah County Sheriff's Office, sent 7 firefighters and two Type-3 Engines as part of the Northern Utah Type-3 Strike Team to Washington state. They will help battle the Carlton Complex series of fires in north central Washington near Winthrop. This Strike Team will help hundreds of other firefighters already battling these fires that have grown in size to more than 200,000 acres. More than 100 homes have been destroyed and several thousand residents of nearby towns have been evacuated.

This Strike Team consists of 20 firefighters from Utah County Fire, Saratoga Springs Fire, Park City Fire, and the State of Utah. The team will consist of 5 Type-3 Engines and will be led by a Park City firefighter. Matt Snider, Acting Fire Management Officer with the Utah Office of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands was instrumental in putting this team together. This is a 14 day assignment with 4 additional days for travel, but the assignment can be extended an additional week if necessary.

In addition to this Type-3 Strike Team, Utah County Fire has already sent a 20 person hand crew to help fight this same fire in Washington. That team has been in place for nearly a week and will continue for at least another week. Like the state Strike Team, the 20 person hand crew could also have their deployment extended if necessary.

For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO