The U.S. Army is set to deploy 200 active-duty soldiers to fight the deadly California wildfires after President Donald Trump declared the wildfires a “major disaster” on Sunday.
Approximately 200 soldiers from the 7th Infantry Division’s 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion located in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington will deploy to California throughout the week to fight the deadly wildfires that have killed at least nine people thus far, according to Fox News. The troops will deploy after continuing to train fighting fires on base.
The unit, mostly combat engineers, who focus on demolition and construction, will be placed in Air Force C-130 cargo planes and will fly over the fires, dumping liquid, which helps extinguish the fires.
Trump tweeted about the wildfires Sunday, saying they have been made worse by “bad environmental laws.”
LAKE COUNTY (CBS13) — Firefighters said three men in Nice refused to evacuate for the Ranch Fire because they were tending to their marijuana plants.
Lake County Sheriff Corey Paulich said in a press release Saturday that deputies were dispatched to the Bartlett Springs Road area when three men were being hostile toward fire engine crews. Firefighters said the men were in a Toyota pickup and refused to leave the area.