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California Wildfires Get Westport Aid

It’s not often that tiny Connecticut can help huge California.

But the Golden State has its hands full with massive wildfires. A 20-person fire crew from here is heading there. Among the firefighters is Westport assistant chief Michael Kronick.

Kronick — a certified wildfire fighter — has helped before. In 2013 he was deployed to Quebec; before that, he was sent to other fires out west.

Connecticut’s Interstate Fire Crew is part of a reciprocal aid program operated by the US Forest Service.

Thankfully, wildfires are not a big problem here. But every state has its own weather and environmental issues. It’s good to know that when we need help, other states will have our backs. Just like — thanks to people like Michael Kronick — we now have theirs.

Assistant fire chief Michael Kronick.

Assistant fire chief Michael Kronick.