More than a dozen California firefighters with specialized rescue skills were being dispatched to the devastating mudslide in northwest Washington, state officials said Monday night.
They are part of a regional task force created to assist in major disasters across the United States, the state Office of Emergency Services said. The task force was mobilized after help was requested from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The disaster struck Saturday morning after heavy rain saturated the area. Mud covered an area of about one square mile, California rescue officials said.