Upper Peninsula firefighters from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources were traveling west Monday to battle the California wildfires.
Nine volunteer DNR firefighters from Upper Michigan, along with 10 from downstate, loaded their equipment onto a bus this afternoon. Included in their bags: flame resistant clothing, hard hats, a fire shelter and a first aid kit.
They headed to Duluth Monday night. Tuesday they'll fly to Redding, California where they'll be part of crews working on building a line around a fire.
"Very different around here just because of the terrain, and you've got the mountainous areas which are mostly flat here, so that allows us to use a lot more equipment here, where in those mountain areas, a lot of your work is on foot," said DNR fire officer, Steve Sanville.
The DNR says six other firefighters from the U.P. have been sent to fight the fires in California. This crew expects to be gone for at least two weeks.
WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE GONE TO ASSIST OUT WEST. THOSE OF US IN THE NEWBERRY AREA STILL GIVE THANKS AND HAVE WARM FEELINGS ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE THAT ASSISTED US IN OUR SLEEPER LAKE FIRE LAST AUGUST/SEPTEMBER.
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