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CSKT fire crews helping battle California wildfires

Posted: 3:00 PM, Nov 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-16 20:22:00-05

MISSOULA – Additional Montana fire crews are helping out in any way they can with the devastating California wildfires.

MT firefighters head to CA to help with the blazing fires

One of those crews is a Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire Type 2 initial attack team. Some 23 firefighters left Monday to battle the deadly fires.

Fire Prevention Specialist CT Camel says the CSKT Team is in good hands and always makes safety a top priority.

Camel added the initial attack team is a national resource and was put on a list to be deployed when needed.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai fire crews battling a wildfire near Arlee.

The crew will be working for 14 days and could be extended to 21 if needed which means they could be spending the Thanksgiving holiday out west.

Officials say 631 people are unaccounted for in Paradise, California where a wildfire devastated the entire community.

A week after the deadliest wildfire in California history began north of Sacramento, investigators are still trying to figure out how it started.

Searchers recovered eight more victims of the Camp Fire yesterday, bringing the death toll to 63. It’s also destroyed nearly 9,000 homes and forced at least 52,000 people to evacuate.

Crews from across Montana — including the Missoula Rural Fire District — are also helping to battle the wildfires in California.

Reporting by Kent Luetzen for MTN News