A group of wildland firefighters are headed west to help battle the deadly blazes burning in California.
A 20-person fire crew from the Bitterroot National Forest left Thursday for the NEU Wind Complex of fires near Grass Valley, California.
The blazes have consumed over 17,000 acres and burned 217 structures.
The Montana crew is made up of firefighters from the Stevensville, West Fork, and Darby/Sula Ranger Districts as well as Helitack crew members and students from the Trapper Creek Job Corp Center.
The firefighters are expected to spend two weeks in California.