Kentucky firefighters home after fighting California wildfires

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LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) — Firefighters from the Kentucky Division of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service return home later this morning at 10:00 a.m. after a two-week detail on the Ferguson fire that erupted in Central California.

That fire is on it’s way to containment, as the Mendocino Complex Fire, now the largest in California history, continues to burn.

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A total of 40 Kentucky firefighters on two-20-person-crews were assigned to the Ferguson fire.

According to Inciweb- (//inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5927/), the fire started on July 13th in the Sierra National Forest.

Inciweb says the fire is now 95,104 acres with 80% containment. They say a total of 1,532 personnel helped with the fire. That included 104 engines, 14 water tenders, 14 helicopters, 17 crews, 5 masticators, and 20 dozers.

They say there have been two fatalities and 14 injuries to date.

They say ten structures were destroyed and that the Ferguson fire is now the largest fire in the Sierra National Forest’s history.

Inciweb also says the fire closed Highway 140 East in Yosemite Valley from the entrance of the Yosemite National Park.

The U.S. Forest Service says the firefighters will demobilize once they return back to Kentucky and spend time at home, relaxing with their families.