NCW firefighters bound for California blazes


WENATCHEE — Some NCW firefighters are headed to California to battle the deadly blazes burning there.

Washington’s Emergency Management division pulled together seven task forces of firefighters from 31 different fire agencies. Chelan County Fire District 1 Chief Brian Brett said a total of nine local personnel from his own district, District 3 in Leavenworth and District 7 in Chelan are ready to head where they’re needed.

“Currently they’re in holding at the Sunnyslope fire station, awaiting final paperwork before they deploy,” Brett said. “… It is undetermined at this time which incident they’re going to be assigned to.”

The need in California is great: More than 66,000 acres have burned in Sonoma County, and the Getty Fire outside Los Angeles has destroyed multiple homes and forced evacuations.

Brett said NCW’s cooling autumn has offered local firefighters a restful period where personnel can be freed up to work in other jurisdictions.

“Fortunately, we have the nice cool winter breaks for us in our wildland season,” he said. “Sadly, California doesn’t seem to get those breaks, so we’re always willing and eager to go help our partners.”