Firefighters from Thurston County are on their way to help fight massive wildfires burning in Northern California.
Lacey Fire District 3 tweeted photos Thursday night of a crew preparing to head out. They planned to meet other units in the team before driving down Friday morning.
As of late Thursday, the fires in California had killed 34 people and burned an estimated 5,700 structures, according to the Los Angeles Times.
According to Washington’s Emergency Management Division, 50 fire engines and two command vehicles were dispatched Friday along with 185 firefighters from 45 departments and fire districts from across the state.
That includes crews from Southeast Thurston Fire Authority, McLane Black Lake Fire Department, Thurston County Fire District 17, West Thurston Regional Fire Authority and Lewis County Fire District 5.
The Seattle Times reports 65 firefighters with Washington’s Department of Natural Resources were going to California. The firefighters are based in Yakima and Okanogan counties.