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Calif. woman thanks SD FFs for wildfire aid

The woman thanked firefighters for traveling halfway across the country to help battle the Kincade Fire

By FireRescue1 Staff

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A California woman who lost her home in a 2017 wildfire visited a fire department in South Dakota to thank firefighters for helping to fight the recent Kincade Fire.

Janis Powers said she and her husband managed to rebuild their home, but the wildfire that broke out this October once again threatened the Sonoma County property, according to KELO.

Powers was visiting family in South Dakota when she decided to stop by Sioux Falls Fire Rescue to extend her gratitude in person.

“It’s such a distance,” she said. “You would expect locals to go there, but to have people from this far away be over there fighting it, it really touched me.”

Powers said the Kincade Fire came within four miles of her rebuilt home.

Powers, whose daughter and grandchildren live in South Dakota, happened to be in the midwestern state visiting them at the time of both wildfires that affected her home.