U.S. and Mexico: International partners in fighting wildland fire
On Thursday, October 22, the SQF Complex was listed at 168,973 acres and 75 percent contained. 744 firefighters still remained on the lines assigned to the fire. As Tulare County’s biggest fire in history winds down, there is some back-breaking hand work yet to be completed. Much of the work left is the digging of containment line and clearing brush and trees from areas that could be used to stop future fires should Sequoia’s backcountry and Three Rivers be threatened again. Bomberos from Mexico
That’s where the CONAFOR (Mexican Forestry Commission) crews were front and center to complete some of the most difficult physical work needed to contain this massive fire. In addition, three of the CONAFOR crews spent an entire week clearing 25 feet on the steep uphill side of the Mineral King Road below the Oak Grove Bridge. Bomberos from Mexico
On Friday, October 16, 3R News caught up with these firefighters from Mexico and here are some of the takeaways. This was the first time in history that firefighters from Mexico and been summoned to the U.S. to assist their American counterparts.
The consensus among the ranks of the 100 firefighters, that made up the five CONAFOR crews, was an appreciation to be here and a willingness to work hard and get the job done. There was pride in their work and an eagerness to learn. They also recognized that there is abundance in nature in both our countries and that we must work together to preserve and protect these North American resources. Bomberos from Mexico
In this video interview, 3R News tells an epic story of the men and women who came to assist California in its time of dire need. These international fire fighters, will long be remembered for their heroic efforts to save Sequoia’s public lands and protect Tulare County’s mountain communities.