Volunteer firefighters in Fortuna take on the state’s largest fire


FORTUNA, Calif. (KIEM) – Firefighters with Fortuna Volunteer Fire leave their full time jobs for 10 days to help tackle California’s largest fire in Mendocino.

Fire chief of Fortuna Fire, Lon Winburn tells us he got a phone call on Wednesday requesting an engine to go do helitech coverage, or aircraft firefighter rescue. He says crew left that night around 7:30 p.m.

Winburn says with low resources it is all hands on deck for firefighters in the state. They follow the motto of “always ready.. always willing.”

Winburn tells us this is the largest fire his crew has taken on, next to the Ventura County fires down south last year. He adds that engine expenses and firefighters will get covered for this trip.

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