31 Jul 2018

NZ firefighters fly to help at tragic California wildfire

From Morning Report, 7:22 am on 31 July 2018

At least 30 firefighters from New Zealand will be sent to northern California to help fight a deadly wildfire. The fire which ignited a week ago, doubled in size over the weekend and now covers nearly 400 square kilometres. The fire near the city of Redding has destroyed more than 650 houses, six pelople have died, and more are missing. Among the dead is a woman, Melody Bledsoe, and her two young great-grandchildren, that she was raising with her husband, Ed Bledsoe. Susie Ferguson speaks with Kelli Saam from Redding's local television station, KRCR, about the human toll of the fires.