Hawaii firefighters en route to battle California's wildfires

HAWAIIAN ISLANDS (KHNL) - A crew of 20 firefighters from four national parks on Hawaii will head to California to help battle the wildfires.

The men and women from Hawaii volcanoes, Puukoholoa Heiau, Haleakala and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial will be given their fire orders in Sacremento. A typical firefighting assignment usually runs a minimum of 21 days.

This newest group of firefighers follows a Samoan group who departed from Hawaii to California on July 12. They were sent to help with a fire, located five miles southeast of Big Sur, California in the Los Padres National Forest. The fire was ignited on June 21 by a dry lightning strike and has burned more than 122,000 acres with an estimated cost of nearly $50 million.

It has destroyed 27 residences, 34 other structures and threatens more than 1400 structures.