Austin firefighters return home from fighting giant California wildfire


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Five Austin Firefighters return home after battling the expansive wildfires in California.

The mission is the first of its kind for AFD. Austin firefighters were called to help fight the historic 700,000-acre fire in California and offer their assistance, a first for the department. 

Amid the efforts to contain the fire, Austin’s responders were touched by the constant support they received from adults and children alike.

Lt. Steve Gibbons said children dressed as firefighters would be outside every morning waving at the firefighters and waving the American flag. Streets were also lined with crews, firetrucks and signs of gratitude.

Upon their return, the AFD firefighters say they have learned things they want to apply here in Austin during the next wildfire incident.

Lt. Gibbons says firefighters would go to threatened neighborhoods and write a full assessment of what needs to be done to save those homes in the area. This is intended to help crews respond quickly if residents’ homes become threatened by a wildfire.

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