The US Forest Service in California welcomed firefighters from Mexico’s Nationwide Forestry Fee on Wednesday.
“Fires do not need borders, fires do not need totally different languages and cultures. Ultimately all of us communicate the identical language in terms of combating hearth,” mentioned Eduardo Cruz, the Mexican company’s nationwide hearth director.
The crews from Mexico will assist battle the Sequoia Advanced Hearth, which spans greater than 144,000 acres and as of Thursday was solely 35% contained.
“We’re proud to have them right here,” mentioned Tony Scardina, deputy regional forester of the Pacific Southwest area of the US Forest Service.
Canada additionally despatched firefighting crews to California and Oregon this month, after the US Forest Service requested further assist by way of the Nationwide Interagency Hearth Middle.
At the least 23 massive fires are burning in California, with 12 extra in Oregon. In California, greater than 3.four million acres have been burned — the worst within the state’s historical past. In Oregon, 938,000 acres have burned.