CSKT fire crews among MT departments fighting CA wildfires

Posted at 3:00 PM, Nov 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-17 17:09:43-05

Twenty-three members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire Type 2 initial attack team are among the dozens of Montanans helping fight fires in California.

Fire prevention specialist CT Camel said 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.

The crew will work for 14 days, which could be extended to 21 if needed.

The fires are the most destructive and deadly in California history. At least 60 people are dead and more than 1,000 are missing.

Crews from across Montana continue to help battle the fires.

Some Montana firefighters have moved out of staging and are assisting in the Woolsey Fire.

In a Facebook post, Columbus Fire Rescue officials updated the public on more than 75 firefighters from multiple agencies that are working out west.

Our crew on Engine 440 is doing well! Here is a quick update:
So today, Montana Task Force #3 got moved out of staging and assigned to a division towards the heel of the Woolsey Fire, with a task force out of Utah and a second task force out of Montana. Our assignment was to patrol the area for smokes and also work on public relations with the community in our division. People are very happy to see so many apparatus and personal from out of state here to help out in their time of need! More updates to come!