PARMA - The massive Thomas Fire in Southern California is a battle for the record books, and Idaho crews are there.

The conditions there are intense, and a fire engineer just lost his life. That firefighter was not from Idaho, but the danger surrounding the situation is felt by those on the line - and even here at home.

"When it comes down to it the fire service does really well at helping each other and that crosses state borders," said Kuna Deputy Fire Chief Terry Gammil, who's one of those on the fire lines.

"We're looking at materials that are dry and ready to burn now," he said.

Two local task forces, made up of dozens of firefighters, are concentrating on structure protection...
in Ventura County.

"Those guys are working great together, good camaraderie, they're working hard," Meridian Fire Chief Mark Niemeyer said.

He said it's a different environment than the Gem State.

"A lot of rolling hills here, and down there a lot of deep canyons that can become firefighter traps if you're not paying attention," the chief said.

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Niemeyer said he worries about the crews, - but he said the purpose is worth the concern.

"If we can make it safer, save lives, save property we're going to help," Niemeyer said.

The crews have been working 24 hours on, 24 hours off.

And even on those off days, Parma Fire Chief James Cook said the Idaho firefighters are out in the community - trying to bring a little cheer to a tough situation.

"We always try to make it better for the kids, I mean they have no homes or have been evacuated from their homes," he said. "Our guys' goal is to get them back in their homes."

And as firefighters continue to do that, taking on these fierce conditions, Cook said they can feel the love coming their way.

"The praise has been pretty big for them and they appreciate it and they appreciate the phone calls, and they're doing what they want to do and I think that's what makes it easier," he said.