Texas helping battle wildfires in California

- Those deadly wildfires in California certainly taking their toll on the ones living there, and Texas is on standby ready to help in any sort of capacity.

As the fires rage on, one Texan has traveled out west to help. Kelly Calahan works for the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, but flew out to California just last week.

"Just me right now from Texas. There is another manager here with me. He's out of Montana," says Calahan.

"We've also requested resources through our federal partners and forest services, bringing in additional fire engines and hand crews and other personnel outside of California," Chief Ken Pimlott, with the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection, said during a a news conference.

Calahan manages CL-415's, also known as 'Super Scoopers' in northern California.

"They hold 1,600 gallons of water and in about 12 to 15 seconds, the tanks will be full and then they go and drop water on the fire," says Calahan.

Typically based on the Sam Houston National Forest, Calahan manages helicopter and fixed winged airplanes in Texas.

Calahan and her team have been stationed in Redding, California, but will be moving south because as she says, there are more active fires.

"Just because the fire behavior is more active down there. There's a couple of fires that are going now so we'll just be closer there, a closer resource for them," says Calahan.

Monday was the first time Calahan's aircrafts were needed as Red Flag Warnings made conditions more favorable for wildfires. Even with the move, Calahan says she is safe and out of harms way.

"We're in a good spot. We're safe. We monitor the weather and the fire activity, but yeah, we're all in a good spot," says Calahan.

Calahan will return to Texas on October 17.

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