New Mexico firefighters return home from battling California fires
November 20, 2018 09:15 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Dozens of firefighters from across New Mexico are back home after helping to battle the fires raging in California.
The fire-fighting task force returned home Monday after spending nine days in southern California. While there, their main mission was to help protect homes from the Woolsey Fire that's burning near Malibu.
"What we do a lot of the time in wildland fire is once the flame front passes we go and mop up around the homes, we put hotspots out and make sure the homes don't ignite after the fact," said Joshua Skrondahl, Engine Operator with the Bernalillo County Fire Department. "Because many homes end up catching fire after the flame front has passed."
The two dozen firefighters say going to California is a way of giving back because crews from other states often venture to New Mexico to help when large fires break out.
Created: November 20, 2018 09:15 AM
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