Washington Sends Firefighters To California

Oct 11, 2017


Nearly 70 Washington firefighters are on their way to battle wildfires in northern California. Two hand crews and seven engines are headed to the Ukiah and Grass Valley areas. 

Joe Smilie with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources said one crew is resting up after battling a blaze near Cle Elum last night. They’ll be on the road tomorrow.

 “California fires because of the overall dryness of the terrain, are a little more erratic and a little more explosive so that’s one thing our fire commanders who have experience in California have been stressing,” Smilie said.

Smilie said the high wind conditions in California can cause things to change very quickly. Fires have been bigger and more explosive this season. DNR officials said they need to take a more aggressive tack in preparing the landscape so it can be more resilient.

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