Israeli Firefighters Arrive To Battle CA Wildfires

For the first time, Israeli firefighters have set foot on American soil to help suppress massive wildfires in Northern California.

A firefighter rubs his head while watching the LNU Lightning Complex fires spread through the Berryessa Estates neighborhood of unincorporated Napa County, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. The blaze forced thousands to flee and destroyed hundreds of home
A firefighter rubs his head while watching the LNU Lightning Complex fires spread through the Berryessa Estates neighborhood of unincorporated Napa County, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. The blaze forced thousands to flee and destroyed hundreds of home (Noah Berger | AP)

SACRAMENTO, CA — A team of 10 firefighters from Israel arrived in Sacramento Sunday to join the fight in suppressing some of the largest wildfires California has ever seen. This marks the first time Israelis have been deployed to fight fires in the United States, officials announced Monday.

The crew will help battle the massive wildfires in Northern California for the next two weeks.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg gave the crew a warm welcome Sunday.

The SCU Lightning Complex is the second largest wildfire in state history, which has burned 383,157 acres and is 60 percent contained. The LNU Lightning Complex, the third largest, which has burned 375,209 acres and is 63 percent contained.