AUSTIN (KXAN) — Firefighters from across the Austin area are in California battling wildfires responsible for burning a record-amount of acreage across the West Coast.
Personnel from Austin, Round Rock and Kyle fire departments, along with North Hays County firefighters, have been dispatched to help try to contain the blazes, and the Kyle Fire Department sent us these photos of their finest doing their part.
The crews work 24-hour shifts, then get the following 24 hours off before going back to the fire lines. Most of the area firefighters are helping fight the Creek Fire that’s burning northeast of Fresno.
As of Wednesday morning, the Creek Fire has burned more than 220,000 acres and is 16% contained.
The crew says they appreciate all the support they’ve received from folks back home.
The Austin Fire Department has also sent folks to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to help prepare for Hurricane Sally, which made landfall near the Alabama/Florida state line earlier than expected Wednesday morning.
In total, AFD says they have 16 firefighters providing aid in California.
The Round Rock Fire Department sent three firefighters and a vehicle to help provide aid, and are expected to stay for two weeks.
Three firefighters from the North Hays Fire crew based in Dripping Springs are also helping fight the blaze.