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Joe Larson, a Cal Fire mapping specialist from San Luis Obispo County, traveled to Florida on Saturday to help track spread of oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

Emergency officials in Florida requested assistance last week through state and federal agencies, according to Cal Fire.

Larson’s duties at Cal Fire include mapping fire perimeters and updating emergency response areas. In Florida, he will lead the technical services branch with that state’s emergency operations center, according to Cal Fire.

He is expected to stay in Florida for at least two weeks.

“I am proud of Cal Fire’s worldwide reputation in superior disaster response and emergency management,” Chief Del Walters, director of Cal Fire, said in a statement Saturday. “Florida sent resources to California during the 2008 lightning fire siege, and this opportunity is allowing us to return the favor.”

— Stephen Curran

Templeton

The Tribune is seeking a volunteer weather watcher for the community of Templeton.

If you are currently keeping track of temperatures and rainfall for your area and wouldn’t mind sharing that information with The Tribune, please call Sharon Morem at 781-7937.

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