KENNEWICK, Wash. - A team of local firefighters is home in time for Christmas after helping to fight a massive wildfire in California.
"It feels so good. We wanted to stay and fight fire because it's our passion, it's what we do, but we also are happy to be home to our families," said Lieutenant Stanley Salsbury, one of the four firefighters from Benton County Fire District 1 assigned to the fire.
They returned home Thursday afternoon after helping to fight the Thomas Fire, which is now considered the second largest wildfire in California history.
It has burned over 270,000 acres and is currently 60 percent contained.
"Definitely a lot of fire. It was huge. Very humbling to see. People were very, very generous out there and loved us coming down to help them out," said Salsbury.
The four were part of a larger team made up of firefighters from Kennewick, Richland, Walla Walla and Chelan County.