Chief Mountain Hotshots leave for California to fight fires - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Chief Mountain Hotshots leave for California to fight fires

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The Chief Mountain Hotshots from Browning left for California earlier this week and expect to be on the fire lines for at least the next two weeks.

The experienced 20-member fire crew will help cut fire lines and shore up existing lines in order to help prevent the spread of the fires.

Chief Mountain Hotshot Superintendent Lyle St. Goddard said the group is headed to help with the Mendocino Lake Complex fire.

The Chief Mountain Hotshots fight fires across the nation.

During the 2016 fire season, they battled fires in New Mexico, Colorado, Tennessee, and more. In 2017, they fought 19 fires in Montana.

Fires have ravaged Northern California's wine country since Sunday night, killing at least 23 people and destroying at least 3,500 structures, authorities said.

At least 285 people are reported missing in Sonoma County alone, where a fire wiped out parts of Santa Rosa, a city of about 175,000 people roughly 50 miles northwest of San Francisco.

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