Local firefighters deploy to California
Firefighters with North Hays County Fire Rescue (NHCFR) have been deployed to California to assist with the Creek Fire, northeast of Fresno. According to the state’s wildfire information page, the Creek Fire has burned 212,744 acres and was 10% contained as of Monday morning, September 14.
NHCFR personnel join other firefighters from Texas in traveling to California to help combat the wildfires. On Friday, September 11, Governor Greg Abbott announced that approximately 190 firefighters, 50 fire trucks, and 10 command vehicles from 56 fire departments in Texas were deployed to California. These resources are in addition to the 44 firefighters, 10 fire trucks, and 2 command vehicles previously deployed in late August.
This deployment is made possible through the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS), where the state of Texas is able to mobilize resources from fire departments across the state.
"Texas is ready to answer the call for help when disaster strikes — whether it's here in the Lone Star State or across the country," said Governor Abbott. "I thank the brave men and women serving in our fire departments across Texas for stepping up to help Californians in need as these fires continue to burn. I ask all Texans to join me and Cecilia in prayer for the courageous firefighters battling these wildfires, as well as for those who have been affected.”