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Local firefighters head west to help wildfire fight


A member of an inmate firefighting crew works on the Bully fire Friday, July 11, 2014, near Ono, Calif. Wildfires in rural California burned through 2,000 acres of brush and timberland on Friday, prompting some evacuations, but no homes were threatened, officials said. (AP Photo/The Record Searchlight, Greg Barnette)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Action News has learned nearly a dozen local firefighters are on the wildfire front lines on the west coast.

The Florida Forest Service sent nine firefighters to areas from California to Washington.

In California, recent wildfires burned 19 homes.

The local teams will be gone for the next two weeks, working as mechanics, heavy equipment managers and hand crews.

Four other firefighters are on standby.