New England Crews Head to California to Assist Fighting Wildfires - NECN

New England Crews Head to California to Assist Fighting Wildfires

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    More Homes Burn as Fire Marches Across Montecito Area

    More homes have been destroyed by the Thomas fire burning in the Montecito area. Marin Austin reports for the NBC4 News at 11 a.m. on Monday Dec. 18, 2017. (Published Monday, Dec. 18, 2017)

    Some firefighters from New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and New York are heading to California to assist with fighting wildfires.

    Firefighters were expected to leave Thursday for Ventura County, California, to help suppress the Thomas Fire in southern and central California, which has grown to 271,000 acres. The fire, which began Dec. 4, is responsible for two deaths and has destroyed at least 750 homes. The blaze was 60 percent contained and is now the second-largest in California history.

    An exact number for the crew wasn't immediately available. The group will be deployed for 14 days. They will most likely be assigned to a division constructing fire line to assist with controlling the fire, as well as potentially assisting with structure protection.

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