Approximately twelve firefighters from the Jewish State travelled to northern California over the weekend to help fire crews combat the ongoing series of wildfires; The Israelis intend to be in California for about two weeks.
Sacramento, California, experienced the arrival of nearly a dozen Israeli firefighters over the weekend, who intend to spend about two weeks helping local fire departments combat the current devastating wildfires. The Israelis will be helping to assist in the areas that resemble their conditions back in their own country.
They are from Ashkelon, Israel, located just north of the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Fire Lieutenant Idan Braun explained, “It’s a Mediterranean-weather area. The vegetation is pretty much remind us of our home country and we are also fighting wildland fires in the same season that you have, so we are kind of familiar with the needs and the threat to homes and civilians.”
Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi praised the sending of Israel’s firefighters, calling it “an expression of the deep friendship between the peoples.”
The fire in northern California has been disastrous, destroying well over 500 homes as of Friday, and has forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate the region.