200 firefighters from Idaho assisting with California wildfires

Posted at 5:10 PM, Oct 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-17 19:10:05-04

As massive wildfires continue burning across California, the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) says Idaho has deployed fire equipment and personnel to help with suppression efforts.

Around 200 firefighters from Idaho, along with equipment, were sent west and dispatched to high-need areas.

"A lot of those firefighters are assigned to engines, air tankers, helicopters, and other heavy equipment that is very critical in assisting with putting out a lot of these large wildfires," said Jessica Gardetto, NIFC spokeswoman. 

A dry summer coupled with high winds have allowed California's wildfires to grow in size, meaning Idaho's crews could stay in California well past their two-week assignment. 

Six major blazes continue burning in Northern California, with nearly 11,000 firefighters working to control them.

"We have at least six large wildfires that have made the national situation report that are in California right now," Gardetto said. "Although there were many more that were smaller than 300 acres that have not yet made this report."

Idaho isn't the only state to send personnel -- Colorado, Washington, even New York have also sent crews.

Fire officials say they hope some rain and moist air that's expected later this week in California will help crews gain a handle on those large wildfires.