In California for the last few days, it's been all hands on deck as crews continue to battle massive wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes.
The state's most destructive wildfire currently burning has scorched an area three times the size of Boise. The Thomas Fire near Santa Barbara is only 15 percent contained, with more than 30,000 people under a mandatory evacuation order.
Meanwhile, fire crews are starting to get a handle on the the Lilac Fire in San Diego County, and evacuation orders were lifted on Sunday. After destroying more than 150 structures this past week, the 4,100 acre fire is now 75 percent contained.
"The fire burning at this magnitude it was really like a blow torch was coming through." said Boise Fire Captain Brian Ashton.
Two task forces from Idaho were sent to help fight the Lilac Fire including crews from Boise, Meridian, Kuna, Emmett, Payette, and Sand Hollow.
"We worked the 24-hour shift yesterday so we started yesterday morning and worked all through the night," Ashton said.
As the task force patrolled looking for hot spots making sure that when the wind picked up again on Sunday, that there wasn't anything that was going to flare up again.
"We spent most of the day yesterday running chainsaws, spraying water, basically feeling the ground with the back of our hands to make sure it was cold and out," Ashton said.
When crews from Idaho arrived in Southern California, the winds had calmed down so they didn't see the roaring flames from previous days. What they did see was the devastation those flames left behind.
"All of the ruins of the houses that were destroyed," Ashton said. "There were 150 houses that were destroyed on the Lilac Fire."
Residents were evacuated from their homes three days ago, but tomorrow they will be able to come back and see what's left.
"They're going to come home tomorrow to see the neighborhood and everything that they called home, gone," Ashton said. "That'll be tough. You can't help but wonder 'What if I lived here and this was my house?'.
Ashton says crews have a fire line around the fire but hot, dry weather with less than 10 percent humidity has made this fire extremely difficult to fight.
With hundreds of firefighters working around the clock, officials have been rotating equipment and crews to make sure no one gets fatigued.
"We're all wearing a different badge and we each come from different departments but the mission is the same, we're here to help out," Ashton said.
The difficulty right now is keeping people on the fires for long enough to make sure they get some type of handle on it. Once Idaho crews are done on the Lilac Fire, Ashton thinks they'll be deployed on the Thomas Fire, about 200 miles north.