Some Texas firefighters are missing Thanksgiving this year because they are fighting the deadly California wildfires, which destroyed land in three counties and killed at least 80 people, CBS News reports.
Governor Abbot sent 200 firefighters more than one week ago to help with the firefighting efforts. They have been deployed to one of two large wildfires: The Camp fire in Butte County and the Woolsey fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
This is the extent of one fire– entire towns and counties in one metropolitan area: Washington, D.C., would be destroyed:
Firefighters throughout Texas have shared their experience on social media.
From the Austin Fire Department:
“I had a Strike Team leader once tell me that the essence of our job is, ‘Go out and do good…’”
And so they did: https://t.co/ea8b6oW0mA
Photo credit: Captain Andre de la Reza, Austin Fire Department pic.twitter.com/NsLeZmZS8q
— Austin Fire Dept (@austinfiredept) November 15, 2018
From the Bryan Fire Department:
Our crew was in a house in Malibu that was saved and the homeowner wanted them to put a Texas flag up in his house. He…
The Camp fire has been the most deadly with 77 confirmed fatalities across 151,000 burned acres and 12,794 destroyed structures, CBS News reported. The Woolsey fire killed at least three people across 96,949 acres and 1,500 destroyed structures.
From the Fort Worth Fire Department:
These were the heavy smoke and heat conditions that crews faced while searching for a 5 year old child trapped in a house fire over the weekend. Capt Washington was able to find the child and bring him out of the home with only minor injuries. #FWFDfire PC: G Ellman pic.twitter.com/erAhclEYB2
— Fort Worth Fire Dept (@FortWorthFire) November 20, 2018
B22 and #yourFWFD Firefighters are in Malibu CA assigned to the #WoolseyFire Today they have been assigned the duty to patrol and check for areas that might flare back up. This also allows them the chance to get a good idea of the area they will be assigned to. pic.twitter.com/F2YE1tukUP
— Fort Worth Fire Dept (@FortWorthFire) November 15, 2018
From the Flower Mound Fire Department: