Fire­fight­ers from Wash­ing­ton are help­ing in Cal­i­for­nia

The News Tribune - - Local - BY DEB­BIE COCKRELL dcock­rell@the­new­stri­

More than 100 fire­fight­ers and 20 en­gines from Wash­ing­ton’s De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re- sources are join­ing in the bat­tle to con­tain wild­fires rag­ing in Cal­i­for­nia.

Large wild­fires have prompted evac­u­a­tions of more than 150,000 peo­ple in ar­eas near Sacra­mento and Los An­ge­les.

Com­mis­sioner of Pub­lic Lands Hi­lary Franz an­nounced the mo­bi­liza­tion Fri­day.

“It’s hor­ri­fy­ing, heart­break­ing the re­al­ity of what wild­fires have be­come in the West,” said Franz in a news re­lease. “With our wild­fire year all but over, I’m grate­ful our fire­fight­ers are will­ing to once again jump to help our neigh­bors in need.”

The Wash­ing­ton crew has been sent to Chico, Cal­i­for­nia, to join other teams bat­tling the Camp Fire, which has burned an es­ti­mated 90,000 acres as of Satur­day and thou­sands of struc­tures. Eleven deaths have been re­ported so far.

An ad­di­tional 15 en­gines from lo­cal fire dis­tricts also are headed to Cal­i­for­nia, ac­cord­ing to the DNR’s news re­lease.

NOAH BERGER The As­so­ci­ated Press

Flames con­sume a fast-food restau­rant as the Camp Fire tears through Par­adise, Calif., on Thurs­day. Wash­ing­ton fire­fight­ers are headed to the Chico, Calif., area to as­sist other teams bat­tling the fires.

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