California Wildfires Blackout

A helicopter drops water as the Getty fire burns on Mandeville Canyon Monday in Los Angeles.

Idaho is sending teams to California to help with wildfire recovery efforts.

Crews are being deployed are from Emmett, Parma, Sand Hollow and Weiser Rural fire departments, and include five engines and 17 personnel.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little approved an Emergency Management Assistance Compact agreement with California to assist with recovery efforts following wildfires, his office announced Tuesday.

“Idaho has an amazing depth of emergency management professionals that are willing to step up and help our fellow Americans during their times of need,” Little said in the release. “Their skills and expertise will be an asset as we work with Californians in the disaster response.”

The Emergency Management Assistance Compact is a mutual-aid agreement between states, created to provide assistance in the event of a disaster.

The deployment is expected to last 17 days. Under the agreement, Idaho personnel are paid for their time and service by the requesting state.

Fire crews in California are working to contain two major wind-whipped blazes that have destroyed dozens of homes at both ends of the state: in Sonoma County wine country and in the hills of Los Angeles, the Associated Press reports. The state’s biggest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, has issued widespread blackouts aimed at preventing its electrical equipment from sparking wildfires in high winds. Millions of people have been without power for days.

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