Dozens of fires have been burning in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia since mid-October. Photo: The Weather Channel
Dozens of fires have been burning in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia since mid-October. Photo: The Weather Channel

A battalion chief and two fire captains from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, along with a Chula Vista firefighter, deployed to eastern Tennessee Wednesday to help with a number of forest fires burning in the Southeast, officials announced.

All of the firefighters are members of a Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team and are specialists in areas such as planning, logistics and operations, according to a City of San Diego news release.

Dozens of fires have been burning in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia since mid-October. Unlike wildfires in the West that may encompass tens of thousands of acres, these are hundreds of acres in size. In what is familiar to Southern California conditions, these fires are fueled by drought conditions and driven by strong winds,” the release stated.

Several other Incident Management Teams from different areas are already committed to the fires, the release continued.

“It’s a win-win to have members of our team deployed to incidents like this,” San Diego Fire Chief Brian Fennessy said. “They are very good at what they do, and that’s an advantage to the area they have gone to help. And they bring back the experience they’ve gained to help us more effectively deal with large incidents we face.”

The four team members flew to Johnson City, Tennessee and are expected to assume command of several of the fires, according to the release.

–City News Service