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Siskiyou County Fire Crews Help Fight Southern California Wildfires

Siskiyou County's fire season wrapped up in November but firefighters from the area are still at work. Crews from Siskiyou County's Cal Fire, local fire departments and the US Forest Service’s Klamath National Forest left Tuesday morning to help Southern California any way they can.

Posted: Dec. 5, 2017 6:46 PM
Updated: Dec. 5, 2017 6:59 PM

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. -- Siskiyou County's fire season wrapped up in November but firefighters from the area are still at work. Crews from Siskiyou County's Cal Fire, local fire departments and the US Forest Service’s Klamath National Forest left Tuesday morning to help Southern California any way they can.

“Our people have worked really hard all summer long and we actually had Southern California people came up to help us during our complexes we had back in the summer. So it's just North operations and South operations helping each other and it’s all federal resources that go to help. That’s kind of what the Klamath is doing. We're doing our part” said the Klamath National Forest’s Public Affairs Officer, Joshua Veal.

Crew from Etna, Fort Jones, Lake Shastina, Mt. Shasta Fire and Dunsmuir Castella Fire Make up one strike team. Cal Fire sent another strike team and two bulldozers to help. The US Forest Service sent two engines and a ten person hand crew.

Cal Fire said there is no set time of year for fire season in Southern California.

“It's almost like a year round fire season with the Santa Ana winds combined with the dry climate. If a fire breaks out with these winds we're going to send the resources obviously no matter what time of year to go down and help,” Veal added.

Cal Fire says there are about 3,500 firefighters working to put out the fires. About 65,000 acres have burned since the first fire in Ventura County (the Thomas fire) sparked Monday evening. The Siskiyou County crews expect to be in the region for at least two weeks, but that could be extended.

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