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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Almost a dozen local firefighters with the Florida Forest Service are in the Western United States helping to battle the wildfires that have charred countless acres from California to Washington state.

Four others are on standby. One of them is Mike Work. He says fire crews in the west are relying on "hand crews." That's drawing fire lines and putting out hot spots with hand tools like shovels and chainsaws. Work says a lot of that same type of work is done in Jacksonville - and that's why they're being called.

"We have mop up work to be done, and a lot of that is done with hand tools," he said.

He says helping with the western wildfires also helps when it comes to dealing with the next big wildfire on the First Coast.

Crews could be out west for as long as two weeks.

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