RENO, NV - With wildfires burning throughout the west, the Reno Fire Department is lending a hand to other communities. Ten firefighters have been sent out of the region, according to Battalion Chief Todd Keckley.
"It's a banner year," Keckley said.
Keckley said firefighters may be called up individually. He also said teams are on-call on a rotating basis.
Keckley said four firefighters and a brush unit have been sent to the Rush Fire in Lassen County, California. He said another firefighter is at the Willow Fire in Nevada. Four more firefighters are at fires in Idaho.
The local chapter of the American Red Cross said as of yet, it has not been called on to help in other areas. "Reno is one of those areas where if help is needed they will definitely look to us," Tanya Milelli of the American Red Cross said. Milelli said she is continuing to keep an eye on the situation in California. She said trained volunteers are always needed.
The deployed firefighters could be gone for three weeks. Keckley said the Reno Fire Department can turn down other departments that ask for help. He said enough resources are always kept so that a big fire locally could be put out.