Local firefighters travel to northern California to fight wildfires
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Fire crews that are battling 200,000 acres of wildfires in Northern California will soon be getting a boost of help from firefighters from Southeast Washington.
More than 20 firefighters from Walla Walla, Benton County, Franklin County, Richland, and Kennewick have assembled to help fight the flames that have scorched the Napa Valley.
The death toll is at 31 and hundreds are still reported missing, making it one of the deadliest fires in the state’s history.
“California is having a very critical fire season, and they are stretched beyond their capabilities,” said Rusty Bachman, who serves as a captain for Kennewick’s Fire Department.
The Golden State has engulfed in flames which has become too much for California firefighters alone, and local firefighters have had enough.
“It’s harder to sit here and not help than it is to get in our trucks and go down there and get to actually do something,” said Bachman. “I’m sure they’re looking forward to relief down there, and we wanna get there and give it to them.”
The state of Washington are sending 50 fire trucks to Northern California with over 200 firefighters. They’re expected to be gone for 20 days,but fire service locally will not be affected.