Montana sends fire crews to help in California


MISSOULA, Mont. - The Northern Rockies Coordination Center on Wednesday mobilized resources to help on the California wildfires. The Northern Rockies Coordinating Group said a handful of miscellaneous overhead as well as six crews are heading to California. The six crews include one hotshot crew from Browning, four type two initial attack crews from Idaho and one type two initial attack crew from the Bitterroot National Forest.

Crystal Beckman with the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation explained an overhead is a single resource, one person, who may go and assist with a technical specialist position such as public information officer, training specialist or EMT.

Early in the week Neptune Aviation sent a number of airplanes to help on the California fires. The Rocky Mountain Coordination Center hadn't received a request from California assistance as of Tuesday afternoon.

There are 22 wildfires in California. The California Department of Forestry says close to 8,000 firefighters have been deployed to fight the deadliest fires in California history. The blazes have also destroyed more than 3,500 homes and businesses.