A second Sonoma County team of firefighters is en route to Southern California to help fight huge fires burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, which so far have scorched more than 80,000 acres.
Wednesday’s crew was led by Petaluma fire Battalion Chief Jeff Holden with engines from Sonoma, Geyserville, Rincon Valley, Windsor and Santa Rosa. The team of xxx firefighters took engines built for rural terrain.
A Mendocino County team of firefighters responded Tuesday, made up of Ukiah Valley, Lower Lake, Hopland, Redwood Coast and South Coast fire agencies.
The two regional teams already there were among at least 900 firefighters assigned to the Creek Fire, a 11,300-acre blaze burning in Los Angeles County, which has forced some 150,000 residents to evacuate.
The Thomas fire in Ventura County Wednesday was listed at 65,000 acres with at least 150 buildings burned and a firefighting force of 1,776.
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