Local Fire Crews Heading to SoCal

October 14, 2008 12:35:16 AM PDT
Fire crews from Fresno and throughout the Central Valley are helping fight the fires in Southern California. Five engines and crews from Redding were brought to Fresno over the weekend, to cover for those units sent south. But late Monday, they were also ordered to LA.Their mission will be structure protection. With homes already burned they will work to protect what's still standing.

These crews have been warned they are in for a tough fight. The winds blasting those flames are expected to be hot and heavy at least through Wednesday.

Shasta County firefighter Jake Keown was among those stopping at CAL Fire Headquarters in Sanger on Monday. The crews are preparing for a long fight. "It's hard at times especially when you're gone for 14 days at a time. It's hard you start missing families, wife kids, husbands. It's hard. But they understand."He said.

It's a long trip, but most firefighters are used to it. Battling fires in Southern California has become a yearly ritual for firefighters from all over the state.

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