Local Wildland Firefighters Sent To Help Battle Flames In California
Some 65 firefighters and seven wildland fire engines from Washington's Department of Natural Resources are traveling to northern California to help in the effort to contain wildfires that have killed over two dozen people. Washington Department of Natural Resources spokesman Joe Smillie saYS a 20-person crew based out of the Ahtanum State Forest in Yakima left Thursday and another crew based out of the Loomis State Forest will also be working there.
Smillie says the dire situation in California prompted an offer of assistance from the agency Monday.
Officials say more than 8,000 firefighters were battling the blazes and additional resources also were coming from throughout the country and Canada and Australia.
The fires north of San Francisco have destroyed 3,500 home and businesses and killed at least 27 people, with many more still missing.