Oregon hotshots head to northern California to help battle wildfires

12 News reporter Bryan West talked to firefighters working on containing the Atlas Fire near Napa Valley, California.

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. - The Atlas Fire in northern California has grown to 43,000 acres and firefighters have just three percent containment of the blaze, meaning they need extra resources to put out the fire.

A team of 20 wildland firefighters traveled from Independence, Oregon to help clean up hotspots.

"This is our only crew out here and we’re just mopping up the edge of the black trying to get spots out," said Lucas Garcia, a wildland firefighter.

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The team arrived yesterday and will likely be in northern California for at least two weeks.

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