NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP The president of an Iowa based utility company is encouraging Americans to keep Californian's in their hearts this holiday season, as he prepares to send his crew on a very dangerous mission in Northern California.
Wednesday morning, crews with Wright Tree Service left North Platte after spending the night.
They are part of a 125 member team from Kansas that also includes workers from Ameren Corporation - Illinois.
They will be meeting up with crews from Oregon.
They will spend four to six weeks in Paradise, California working with Pacific Gas and Electric to help with restoration efforts.
"Some of the trees are either unstable or unsafe and they could fall and take the power lines out again," said Wright Tree Service President Will Nutter. "So what these crews will be doing is, they are going to an area, and the trees will be identified to which trees need to be removed and which ones are hazardous. They will be removing, maybe even pruning back trees so that they can't take the power lines down."
However, this is not the first time they have been sent to assist with the aftermath of natural disasters.
In fact, they still have crews on the ground in Puerto Rico trying to restore power there.
But this mission is completely different.
"With the exception of Puerto Rico, it is typically a quick turnaround and with the fire it is not," Nutter said. "These neighborhoods have been completely burnt to the ground. So when you are seeing the pictures, there may or may not be a power line left and when there is not, they are putting it back in. The conditions are so extremely dry and the trees are very, very unpredictable. It's just completely different environmentally and what our crews are coming across."
Nutter is encouraging Americans to donate to relief efforts in the Golden State.
He says simple things such as socks are greatly needed by the victims.
The Camp Fire now ranks as the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, after it destroyed more than 14,000 homes and businesses.
Local businesses such as Runza, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, La Casa Del Rios, Gary's Super Foods, R&R, Vic's Pop Corner, Budweiser, and Walmart all donated food for the crew members.