Firefighters Arrive to Aid Valley Fire Effort

A new day of firefighting Tuesday at the 67,000-acre Valley fire brought ramped up efforts as fire officials attempted to take control by bringing in hundreds of new firefighters, dozens more engines and other equipment, reports pressdemocrat.com.

Since Monday morning more than 1,000 firefighters have arrived in Lake County – some from outside of California. They’ve come with about 100 more fire engines and were joined by a beefed up number of inmate hand crews who help cut brush and build fire lines. Bulldozers, crucial to working ahead of fires and cutting lines, also have jumped from 16 Monday morning to 31 Tuesday morning.

Tuesday’s firefighting force totaled 2,362. Officials also were seeking hundreds more firefighters and equipment from state officials who are managing numerous fires burning statewide. At least some of those requests, however, would be to replace many firefighters who already spent almost three weeks moving from fire to fire without being home.

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