ARCATA – Around 70,000 acres have burned in the last 11 days in Napa County alone, and firefighters from all over the country stepped in to assist, even some from right here in Humboldt County.
Just last night an Arcata fire engine returned home after 6 days of 24 hour shifts fighting the fires in Napa.
Over 250 engines and nearly 3,000 personnel have been fighting the Atlas fire in Napa County. Arcata firefighter, Luke Walker, was there working tactical patrol and structure protection.
The fires in Northern California brought help from all across the United States; Walker says he was even working with some firefighters from Australia. Even though everyone was from a different area they had all received the same training and knew where they were needed.
For Walker this is the largest fire he’s ever assisted on, he says it was a great learning experience for him as a firefighter and that he’ll always remember the support from the people he met there.
Though our firefighters are home safe and sound there are still thousands of people who have lost their homes. If you’d like to make a donation information you can do so here http://www.redcross.org/local/california/northern-california-coastal/wildfires-response-october-2017