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Merced strike team leaves to fight Shasta fires

Two strike teams from the central San Joaquin Valley are on their way to Shasta County to battle lightning-strike fires, a Cal Fire spokesman said today. Each team has five engines and 17 people.

A strike team with firefighters from Atwater, Merced, Madera County, Clovis and Fresno, left from Merced, according to spokesman Chris Chrisopherson. A second team left from Fresno with firefighters from Fresno County, Tulare County, Porterville, Kings County and Kern County.