More Wake County firefighters head west to help with wildfires

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A new batch of help is headed to the mountains from Wake County.

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About 60 firefighters from 20 different fire departments headed out Friday afternoon.

They are going to Lake Lure to help protect homes and businesses there from the wildfire that has grown to more than 6,700 acres.

The firefighters will work 12-hour shifts through Wednesday.

“Tactics are definitely going to change. Weather conditions. You know dealing with the mountainous terrain and the vegetation and everything we’re going to have to work around,” said Chris Holcomb with the Raleigh Fire Department

So many firefighters volunteered from the Raleigh Fire Department that a lottery was needed to decide who would head west.

“I hope that they just know that there are people out here that do care and are willing to serve them in their time of need,” said Searcy Howard with RFD.

They say they just found out Thursday who was selected.

The team that left Friday will replace about 40 firefighters from Wake County who have been out west for about a week.

(Justin Quesinberry/CBS North Carolina)
(Justin Quesinberry/CBS North Carolina)

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