New Mexico firefighters return home after helping in California

New Mexico

A task force of New Mexico firefighters have returned home after helping with a huge wildfire in southern California. 

The Woolsey Fire broke out nearly two weeks ago. It is one of the most destructive fires to have burned near Los Angeles, torching more than 9,800 acres and destroying 400 homes. 

Several crews from around the state were there for more than a week. 

“We got there…there was devastation, high winds, a gust up to 55 mph the first three days we were there,” said Angel Alvarado with the Bernalillo County Fire Department.

The task force included firefighters from Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, Angel Fire, Corrales, Sandoval County and Los Alamos. 

The Woolsey Fire is now 88 percent contained.

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