Spearfish Fire Department fights fire in California

SPEARFISH, S.D. – With wildfires ripping through California the state could use as much help as they can get.

Great Plains Dispatch called Spearfish Fire Department on Saturday night, requesting that they send a Type 3 engine to the Kincade fire in northern California. The team of three left Sunday morning at around 6 and arrived Monday afternoon. It is unknown how long the Spearfish Firefighters will be in California but they can be there for up to 21 days.

They will work around the clock fighting fires, with often little to no time off.

“They’re working on little to no sleep. The average day is, get up, got to briefing, go to work, come home or come back to camp eat and then get as much sleep as you can and get back up and do it all over again,” said Asst. Chief Robert Mathis.

The department is prepared to send another truck if requested.

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