In response to a request from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, a team of 10 Israeli firefighters have deployed to California to assist in battling some of the largest wildfires in the state’s history.
Though other countries have supported California – including Australia and New Zealand on the Mendocino Complex fire in 2018 – this is the first time Israelis have been assigned to fight fires in the United States. The deployment is expected for two weeks.
The Israeli crews arrived in Sacramento over the weekend and will be assigned to wildfires burning throughout Northern California. The SCU Lightning Complex, the second largest wildfire in state history, has consumed 383,157 acres and is 60 percent contained, while the LNU Lightning Complex, the third largest, has burned 375,209 acres and is 63 percent contained.
The fire figures were provided as of Monday afternoon, Aug. 31.