Arizona firefighters head to California to fight Mad River, Rocky wildfires

It is a bad situation in California as nearly two dozen wildfires burn across the state.One of them is the "Rocky Fire" burning in Northern California.Almost 3,000 firefighters are working to contain the fast-moving flames.
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It is a bad situation in California as nearly two dozen wildfires burn across the state.
 
One of them is the "Rocky Fire" burning in Northern California.
 
Almost 3,000 firefighters are working to contain the fast-moving flames.
 
So far, the fire has burned 6,000 acres and is only 12% contained.
 
24 homes, and 30 structures have been destroyed and almost 6,000 more homes remain in the fire's path where mandatory evacuations are in place.
 
Arizona firefighters are now being called on to help. A crew from Goodyear Fire just packed up and left for Northern California. 
 
Four valley firefighters are on their way to help fight the "Mad River" complex in Northern California. It's burning almost 300 miles north of San Francisco. It's one of seven lightning-sparked wildfire that started last Thursday.
 
The firefighters don't know what they will be doing until they get to the front lines.
 
Drought-stricken California is seeing more than its fair share of wildfires this year, and firefighters there need all the help they can get.
 
"California called Arizona to see if they can use our resources since our fire season is over," said Oscar Navarro.
 
A crew of four from Goodyear answered the call.
 
"We're going there for 14 days, possibly 21, not knowing what we're going to do, but equipped for whatever they have us do," said Navarro.
 
He says the wildfires in California are tougher to fight than the ones we see here in Arizona.
 
"Bigger trees and the terrain," he said.
 
The Goodyear crew is on its way to fight a fire which has charred more than 13,000 acres so far, they join 650 other firefighters on the front lines.
 
"We know the fire is in Mad River, California, it's 13,000 acres, it's a complex, so it's multiple fires in one area, we know it is rough country, I've been out there, we know it's rough terrain," he said.
 
California's wildfire season has proven deadly this year. Last week, David Ruhl, a firefighter from South Dakota who was on temporary assignment in California, died in the line of duty. The forest service has not released the details surrounding his death.
 
"As a fire department we have to move on, and make sure we protect the rest of the firefighters and still honor the firefighter that has fallen," said Navarro.
 
The Goodyear crew doesn't know if they'll be on their engine, or part of a hand crew in the rugged terrain until they get there.

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