Twenty-one Imperial Valley firefighters were en route this morning to Northern California to join 1,600 firefighters from throughout the state in battling a brush fire in Mariposa County.
Imperial Valley fire crews received the call at 4:15 this morning requesting that a local strike team be sent to help control the fire, which has burned more than 10,000 acres and is only about 50 percent contained.
Firefighters from El Centro, Brawley, Calexico, Calipatria and Imperial County were on their way this morning to the blaze, deemed the "Creek Fire."
Those departments make up the first strike team when responding to mutual aid calls from out of the county.
A second local strike team is made up of Holtville, Naval Air Facility El Centro and the city of Yuma fire departments, along with crews from Calipatria and Centinela state prisons.